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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The Temptation to Exist
Reading these postwar essays from the fifties and the sixties he seems to have held on too those values that inspired his allegiance to fascism.
Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers. We are less capable than many of us would like to believe of merely being in eternity. Sep 07, Prooost Davis rated it ti not like it. Anyway, most of y’ OH but what I forgot to add in my thing below is the part Sontag writes about Hegel’s system representing the end of philosophy, or Hegel’s idea of philosophy as the history of philosophy- so that after Hegel there’s no philosophizing left, his science encompasses all, and outside of Hegel’s science since Time did indeed keep going on what takes the place in the absence temptatiom systematized philosophy and the absence of religion is then Ideologies, or non-scientific philosophies.
Aug 04, Eugene rated it it was ok Shelves: I should invent a did-not-finish bookshelf, just for this one. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
This is my second try, and every time I pick Cioran up I just end up wanting to throw the book across the room. It is complexity forced on him by history, by what is for him Europe’s irreversible decline. 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.
One is religion, another is unending work, the third is the kind of sluttish antinomianism – lying in bed till four in the ciorsn, drinking Pernod – that Mr.
Common terms and phrases abandon absolute tempation abyss agony Angela of Foligno Angelus Tfmptation aspire become believe century Christianity Cioran civilization collapse conceive consciousness death destiny Don Quixote Drawn and Quartered dream E. May 10, Elena Holmgren rated it it was amazing Shelves: Cioran was born and educated in Romania and lived in Paris from until his death.
Book ratings by Goodreads. See 1 question about The Temptation to Exist…. There’s something almost Manichean in his rejection of any relation with the non-human background world. As Susan Sontag points out in her brilliant introduction, there is little that Cioran could take from his vituperation other than the satisfaction of understanding.
And the introduction by Susan Sontag is engaging and informative.
Obviously, modern mechanised life becomes dreary if you let it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. And what enlightenment, if any, are we supposed to derive from windy aphorisms like this: On a Winded Civilization.
In it he recounts his sufferings. Read on its own, Cioran’s perspective seems incomplete, forced.
The Temptation to Exist – E. M. Cioran – Google Books
Who the fuck would actually want to exist? 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 temptatlon and expansive meditations that were often metaphysical in nature and whose recurrent themes were death, despair, solitude, history, music, saintliness and the mystics cf.
The man who has lost everything preserves as a last resort the hope of glory, or of literary scandal. OH but what I forgot to add in my thing temptatiion is the part Sontag writes about Hegel’s system representing the end of philosophy, or Hegel’s idea of philosophy as the history of philosophy- so that after Hegel there’s no philosophizing left, his science encompasses tl, and outside of Hegel’s science since Time did indeed keep going on what takes the place in the absence of systematized philosophy and the absence of religion is then Ideologies, or non-scientific philosophies.
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The Temptation to Exist : E.m. Cioran :
Walled up in his own language, he writes for his friends—for ten, for twenty persons at the most. He briefly worked as a lexicographer, but soon turned his attention to poetry and poetic criticism. Nov 29, Matt rated it it was amazing. 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 Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of View all 3 comments.
Moreover, his wearing the mantle of the “tired European intellectual” may temptatioj and his concern with “being and nothingness” appear a form of intellectual self-abuse.
Cioran turns out to be the arrogant bore you wish temptatkon hadn’t invited to dinner. May 06, Christine Palau rated it liked it. But why am I even bothering? His compatriots in exile envy him: Sep 23, Matthew temptatiom it really liked it. This re-publication, which will give Cioran new readers, testifies to its staying power, though despite its stature and the admonition of both Cioarn and Sontag against historicising which sucked the marrow out of philosophy’s abstractionist bonesthe book has aged and entered history.
Maybe it’s just me.