This book is the first edited collection to explore the role of philosophy in the works of Cormac McCarthy, significantly expanding the scope of philosophical inquiry into McCarthy’s writings. There is a strong and growing interest amongst philosophers in the relevance of McCarthy’s writings to key debates in contemporary philosophy, for example, debates on trauma and violence, on the relationship between language and world, and the place of the subject within history, temporality, and borders. To this end, the contributors to this collection focus on how McCarthy’s writings speak to various philosophical themes, including violence, war, nature, history, materiality, and the environment. Emphasizing the form of McCarthy’s texts, the chapters attend to the myriad ways in which his language effects a philosophy of its own, beyond the thematic content of his narratives. Bringing together scholars in contemporary philosophy and McCarthy Studies, and informed by the release of the Cormac McCarthy Papers, the volume reflects on the theoretical relationship between philosophical thinking and literary form. This book will appeal to all scholars working in the rapidly-growing field of McCarthy Studies, Philosophy and Literature, and to philosophers working on a wide range of problems in ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, Philosophy of Nature, and Philosophy of Film across ancient, modern, and contemporary philosophy.

chapter 1|4 pages

Editor’s Introduction

Beyond Reckoning
ByChris Eagle

chapter 2|28 pages

“Cloaca Maxima”

Conceptualizing Matter in Cormac McCarthy’s Southern Fiction
ByJulius Greve

chapter 3|21 pages

The Cave of Oblivion

Platonic Mythology in Child of God
ByDianne C. Luce

chapter 4|19 pages

“The Ruined Shack”

Language and Being-at-Home in Heidegger and McCarthy’s Outer Dark
ByRobert Metcalf

chapter 5|20 pages

Literature and Death

McCarthy, Blanchot, and Suttree’s Mortal Belonging
ByPatrick O’Connor

chapter 6|16 pages

Heraclitus and the Metaphysics of War in Blood Meridian

ByIan Alexander Moore

chapter 7|17 pages

Borders, Landscapes, and the Earth

Eco-Phenomenology and All the Pretty Horses
ByZachary Tavlin

chapter 8|16 pages

“The Lighted Display Case”

A Nietzschean Reading of Cormac McCarthy’s Border Fiction 1
ByLinda Woodson

chapter 9|10 pages

“For the other only”

The Radical Existentialism of the Priest’s Tale in The Crossing
ByJenny Bryant, Robert Bernasconi

chapter 11|17 pages

Fantasy and the Expiration of Nature

The Road as Film
ByRyan Drake

chapter 12|17 pages

Seeing Nothing

Making Phenomenological Sense of the Counterspectacle in McCarthy’s The Road
ByYuliya A. Tsutserova

chapter 13|18 pages

Nowhere Between River and Road

A Nagelian Reading of Suttree and The Road
ByAlberto L. Siani