A Short History of Decay () is E. M. Cioran’s nihilistic and witty collection of aphoristic essays concerning the nature of civilization in mid. A Short History of Decay may refer to: A Short History of Decay, translation of Précis de décomposition by Emil Cioran · A Short History of Decay (film), A Short History of Decay. E. M. Cioran. Little, Brown and Co. () Philosophy . On the Heights of Despair.E. M. Cioran – – University of Chicago Press.

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By what hoax do two eyes turn us away from our solitude? Cioran has me convinced by about the first paragraph that life is absurd, God wasted was a complete failure until he created Bach and totally redeemed himself, people who live in monasteries are egotistical because they care more about their own souls than living with the rest of us Be the first to discover new talent! Having first outgrown his passion for the female saints of the Church, Cioran then “”turned away from philosophy when it became impossible to discover in Kant any human weakness”” and emerged as an “”anti-philosopher”” with an avowed predilection for music, mysticism and poetry.

But it’s precisely through the grandness of his sentiments that Cioran undermines his own plea for universal renunciation. De filosofie van Emil Cioran: Zelfs wanneer hij zich verwijdert van de religie, blijft de mens eraan onderworpen; zich uitputtend in het bedenken van schijngoden, maakt hij ze zich koortsachtig tot de zijne: A Short History of Decay is dreck, but it’s beautiful dreck—sick with bits of glitter in it.

Jul 15, Chris Jones rated it it was amazing Shelves: So what’s the point to be serious about life? Denied the right to return to Romania during the years of the communist regime, and attracting international attention only late in his career, Cioran died in Paris in It made me laugh for the fact that he is just so Nihilism as a creative act!

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As brilliant a thinker and writer as Cioran was, it became evident to me why I was not very familiar with his work, as I made my way through this collection of essays. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

On the Heights of Despair. Though I suppose dressing it up in the language of ‘mortality’ does make it seem more poignant and less trite.

View all 3 comments. Lists with This Book. Even if you think that the poor are just lazy, do you honestly think they oppose a change in social order? Nevertheless his metaphysical broodings on the miserable lot of man–“”the disease of being””–are all watched over by saints, angels, martyrs, sages and even God.

Door de beknoptheid van de hoofdstukken – ze gaan van een halve pagina tot maximaal drie, vier pagina’s – en de veelheid aan thema’s religie, de afwezige God, de dood, het menselijk lijden, zelfmoord, de vrijheid, het auteurschap, verveling, de tijd, etc. I had read this book at the s, well Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Do you need a hug? Rather than attempt to discuss the whole of his work, I will approach him as he presents himself, piecemeal. While I enjoyed his acerbic commentaries on Christianity, on the whole I cannot follow Cioran into the depths of such profound nihilism.

This entry has no external links. To say it’s a “downer” is an understatement of epic proportions but it’s a fascinating read all the same. You really have to be mad to love it.

E.M. Cioran’s A Short History Of Decay

What is false here is so out of touch, criticising it isn’t worth the effort. But, I find arguments like this so often amount to burying one’s head in the sand, and throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Universalism and the Bible. This is the second book of his that I’ve read and it’s even darker than his more youthful and lighthearted Tears and Saints which was really not the kind of b If you think you hate life, or maybe just the world around you this book will make you kick yourself repeatedly for being just too much of a goddamn optimist.


He says what most of us know in what it seems to me like a scheme sometimes.

A Short History of Decay

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He xioran to write in Romanian until the early s he wrote his last article in Romanian inwhich deday also the year in which he began writing in French. Ddecay is a failure until he created Bachenthusi “Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter.

Het gebeurt zelden dat de kern van iemands denken verandert; wat daarentegen een metamorfose ondergaat, is de frasering, de uiterlijke schijn, het ritme. A thinker who unwaveringly focussed his intellectual efforts on one sole problem – life and death itself – for his entire philosophic career, this little book offers a short and powerful insight into the psyche of one of modern Europe’s greatest and most captivating minds.

E.M. Cioran’s A Short History Of Decay

De geschiedenis is een optocht van valse Absoluutheden, een opeenvolging ciorn tempels opgericht omwille van voorwendsels, een vernedering van de geest tegenover het Cuoran. Waarom blijven schrijven in een idioom dat enkel toegankelijk is voor een miniem aantal landgenoten, eigenlijk maar een stuk of twintig? Cioran confronts the place of today’s world in the context of human history—focusing on such major issues of the twentieth century as human progress, fanaticism, and science—in this nihilistic and witty collection of aphoristic essays concerning the nature of civilization in mid-twentieth-century