Philosophy of Horror movie night - "Hereditary" | College of Arts

Philosophy of Horror movie night - "Hereditary"

Date and Time


Philosophy Department Seminar Room

MacKinnon, Room 346


In this special session of Philosophy in the Dark, we explore ‘occulted knowledge’ – that knowledge which is obscured, hidden and (at times) infernal. Drawing on the film Hereditary’s invocation of the demon Paimon, we will explore three tasks: [1] the philosophical understanding of demonology (with aid from Eugene Thacker), [2] an appraisal of the tomes (e.g. The Lesser Keys of Solomon) where one might know of demons and [3] an ‘occulted epistemology’ of past, present and future – knowledge of all secret things.

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.