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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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Outside the Latin Quarter, has anyone ever troubled their head about such a ridiculous pseudo-dilemma? Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. He himself is tortured by this self-contradiction: His longing to be read is no less imperious than that of the impoverished novelist.

The Temptation to Exist : E.m. Cioran :

Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers. He lost me during ‘Beyond The Novel’.

Any positive stance we take on the question of Being is not just a gamble anymore, but pre-determines its own “exact mode of collapse.

Cioran es de esos pensadores enojados con medio mundo que le vale un pepino lo que la gente entienda de sus textos. Shall I tell you what I really think?

The Temptation to Exist – E. M. Cioran – Google Books

In the essay, “Some Blind Alleys: And if what’s being asserted is supposed to be self-evident without developing argument, what’s the exost He has, he says, “no nationality–the best possible status for an intellectual. After the war he found himself a survivor of one apocalypse perhaps he was waiting on even hoping for the next and final one.


Fo only genuine meaning to be found is in absolute, vacuous independence and in a “pure” act of self-reflexivity that withdraws from all such projection and fo outsourcing onto the world. Now, down to some specifics: But he is the poet of sentence design, and the quirk that shocks you with delight in the half-dozen books he has left behind is not an accident We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

Perhaps this is what we get when we philosophize from the presumption that there can be an I without a Exkst. A collection of essays in order to reflect about our culture and ourselves in it.

Why does one choose poetry while another chooses doubt? A Little Theory of Destiny. Dynamite of similar caliber as Nietzsches.

The Temptation to Exist

Consider the literary production of any “minor” nation which has not been so childish as to make up a past for itself: It doesn’t express its true motive force. One of the great cynical thinkers in the 20th Century.

Oct 20, Ryan Clifton rated it it was amazing Shelves: How did that turn out, Cioran? Nietzsche once remarked that when we stare into the abyss the abyss stare into us. And even that very brief essay mostly bored me.

Son of an Orthodox priest, Cioran emigrated in from Romania, where he had been a student of philosophy, to France, where he has since lived and written. There are no temptattion topics on this book yet. The one on “the Jew” was repellent and strange. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. They scorn both our curiosity and our thirst for suffering; in which they differ from the mystics, and especially from the medieval ones, so apt to recommend the virtues of the hair shirt, the scourge, insomnia, inanition, and lament.


May 06, Christine Palau rated it liked it. Thanks for telling us about the exisy. That they are as good poets as they are bad prose temptayion is to be accounted for readily enough. Cioran essay eternity everything experience faith fate fear forever futility genius Gogol happiness Hegel Temptaton horror human idea illusion inspired instinct intellectual irony Jews JOHN CAGE Joseph de Maistre kind language less literature live longer lucidity madness matter means meditation Meister Eckhart ment metaphysical mind mystic nation nature never Nietzsche ciogan nothingness Novalis novel novelist obsession once oneself ourselves perhaps philosophy poet poetry possess prayers pride reality reason religion saints salvation secret seek sensation sense skepticism solitude soul spiritual sterility style suffer SUSAN SONTAG Taoism taste Temptation to Exist terror things thought tion torment triumph truth turn universe void vulgar wisdom words writes.

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. He is the tsmptation of numerous works, including “On the Heights of Despair”, also available from the University of Chicago Press.

And what enlightenment, if any, are we supposed to derive from windy aphorisms like this:


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