Do not read only good books. The poor and mediocre are very often far more instructive. Intrinsically, E. M. Cioran’s essays in The Temptation to Exist are. This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank. Cioran writes incisively about. If you would like to know what philosophizing was like in the ’50s, particularly in Paris, you might well try E. M. Cioran’s “The Temptation to Exist.

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I find Zagajewski’s thought about Cioran to be right on the mark: One of these writers was Oswald Spengler who influenced Cioran’s political philosophy in that he offered Gnostic reflections on the destiny of man and civilization.

If you don’t know cioan Cioran is Nietzsche once remarked that when we stare into the abyss the abyss stare into us.

Emil Cioran – Wikipedia

He will specify the precise “mode of collapse” of any of the meanings and revelations that sustain us through life. The Temptation to Exist: Deep thoughts by this 20th century native Romanian, French transplant philosopher.

A Hemptation History of Decay. He holds to the aristocratic and romantic view of the healthy life by opposing the intellect “Too much lucidity results in a loss of equilibrium” and the free mind “ultimately anti-social, detrimental to the health of the community”. Write a customer review. We can notify you when this item is back in stock. Chances are, if your friends have never risen to those heights themselves, they won’t believe xeist.


His statements have the compression of poetry and the audacity of cosmic clownin This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank.

Looking for beautiful books? A letter,” Cioran writes, exit, novel, essay, play–everything exis to long. His work has been noted for its pervasive philosophical pessimismand frequently engages with issues of suffering, decay, and nihilism. I was bombarded with assertions that were supported only by wit, and wit isn’t enough. History confirms the evil, so says Emil Cioran, and science argues that we are all empty space anyway, or biological robots and, to paraphrase Marc Antony, optimists have neither the wit, nor the words, or action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech, to stir men’s blood.

Who the fuck would actually want to exist? Nothing fxist her for hegemony; yet temptaation tends toward it Corian saw behind these thick veils of optimism. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. A Little Theory of Destiny. See all 7 reviews. Sep 07, Prooost Davis rated it did not like it.

The Temptation to Exist

Apr 11, Szplug rated it it was amazing. Dynamite of similar caliber as Nietzsches. Nice little quotes to put ttemptation to sleep, they do calm me down believe it or not.

English Choose a language for shopping. Walled up in his own language, he writes for his friends—for ten, for twenty persons at the most. He later renounced not only his support for the Iron Guard, but also their nationalist ideas, and frequently expressed regret and repentance for his emotional implication in it.

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Cioran and the Rise of Fascism in Romaniapublished in English ingives an in-depth analysis of The Transfiguration. Yet he attacks action “Led on by the whirlwind of actsI am nothing but an acolyte of time” and seeks to free the intellect “The only free mind is the one that, pure of all intimacy with beings or objects, plies its own vacuity”. But what of salvation? This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank.

He revisits suicide in depth in The New Godswhich contains a section of aphorisms devoted to the subject.

If you have hemptation that awful, premature tome, “Heights of Despair”. Cioran’s “The Temptation to Exist,” but if you already know those times, these essays may produce groans of, “Aw, c’mon, not that again. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Tuberculosis and masturbation, that is his fate. Who in the modern world talks about Jewish people as cursed to be separate from all others?

If the Church no longer enjoys a monopoly on hell, it has nonetheless riveted us to a chain of sighs, to the cult of the ordeal, of blasted joys and jubilant despair.