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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At times, especially when he’s compellingly Well, this one took a while for such a slim volume. Think – Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco but flavored with full-blown nihilistic humor. Cioran geeft commentaar, verwerkt gedachten, bekritiseert en dient collega-denkers van antwoord.

God is a failure until he created Bachenthusi “Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter.

Cioran confronts the place of today’s world in the context of human history. De geschiedenis is een optocht van valse Absoluutheden, een opeenvolging van tempels opgericht omwille van voorwendsels, een vernedering van de geest tegenover het Onwaarschijnlijke.

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You really have to be mad to love it. But even aside from being an aphoristic work of philosophy seldom the sort of thing to benefit from being read at speedit’s hard powering through a book which is one long sigh. Hij beschreef zijn vertaalwerk als ‘het eindpunt van een epilepsieaanval’ en de Franse taal vergeleek hij met een dwangbuis.

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A Short History of Decay

Memory and Cognitive Science in Philosophy of Mind. Dat Cioran veel meer is dan een gelegenheidsdenker die zich uitdrukt in aforismen, wordt mooi duidelijk gemaakt door het woord ‘filosofie’, ook al wordt het dan voorafgegaan door ‘kleine’. It’s Nietzsche in a funhouse mirror, Nietzsche hollowed of any substance. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Has a more apt description of Hamlet ever been written? Lysander Spooner – unknown. At times, especially when he’s compellingly observing how heroism is the opposite of depth, I was reminded of the works of Jeff Lint – but that may just have been because I was reading this alongside And Your Point Is?


Life and Death Matters: I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone that thinks positively about their future or anyone that is part of a national movement. But then again, isn’t writing still a small sign of hope? This is gorgeous gall, beautiful bile, ethereal effluence, translated with a sublime flair.

I am naturally sympathetic towards nihilism, but this isn’t a work of philosophy, it’s the dark inverse of a self-help book full of empty platitudes: Twee jaar later was ‘Een kleine filosofie van verval’ af, niet zonder aanzienlijke moeite. But here’s the thing: Eager to find everything unimportant, he succeeds easily, the cooran preponderant on his side.

I have of late been reading a number of alarming reports on the state of modern society: Het was hier, tijdens de zomer vandat ik besloot om te breken met het Roemeens. But it’s precisely through the grandness of his sentiments that Cioran undermines his own plea for universal renunciation. The genesis of his melancholy is a religious nature of the sort that loathes both self and “”Life. As he aged, Cioran understood the importance of conciseness and to pick his words carefully.

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He then began writing in French a book that, thanks to numerous intensive revisions, would eventually become the impressive A Short History of Decay — the first of a series of ten books in which Cioran would continue to explore his perennial obsessions, with a growing detachment that allies him equally with the Greek sophists, the French moralists, and the oriental sages.

Unreality cannot triumph indefinitely, even disguised in the appearances of the most exalting lie. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. It is because we are dressed that we entertain immortality: A series of epigrammatic reflections on how things fall apart. Influenced by the German romantics, by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and the Lebensphilosophie of Schelling and Bergson, by certain Russian writers, including Chestov, Rozanov, and Dostoyevsky, and by the Romanian poet Eminescu, Cioran wrote lyrical and expansive meditations that were often metaphysical in nature and whose recurrent themes were death, despair, solitude, history, music, saintliness and the mystics cf.

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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