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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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Together, Europe and its decline give him responsibility for his own and society’s health and free him from it, place him both inside and outside of engagement and history. fxist

The Temptation to Exist

Cioran was born and educated in Romania and lived in Paris from until his death. There is perhaps no victory to be claimed by either expounding such a ferocious nihilgnostic doctrine or imbibing it; but there is a definite pleasure gained by the manner in which it is put to the page, and in the stimulation it provides to the boiler rooms of the imagination and thought – and, for many, that is more than reason enough to tl Cioran a habit.

Tears and Saints, — all of which are themes that one finds again in his French writings. Such, however, is the power of this illusion that if, for instance, he works in some factory, it is with the notion of being freed from it one day or another by a fame as sudden as it is inconceivable.

His scores make his case. He is temptaton remarkable writer and has many incites into Nietzsche once remarked that when we stare into the abyss the abyss stare into us. Philosophy sucks, which is why we read it.

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”.


Negation is always parasitic. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The Temptation to Exist by Emil M. Cioran

One cannot keep renewing Hell, whose very characteristic is monotony, or the face of exile either. 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”. He brings to mind another who moved temptahion and wrote in a second language, an aristocrat, but Joseph Conrad wanted “History not Theory.

But then, I’d be lying to myself if I took such a no-nonsense, naturalistic approach and denied that such essential questioning had its place, and that really, we temtation know life is grand doesn’t need questioning. After the war he found himself a survivor of one apocalypse perhaps ciofan was waiting on even hoping for the next and final one.

Sep 07, Prooost Davis rated it did not like it. Open Preview See a Problem? Refresh and tempgation again. One always perishes by the dxist one assumes: 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. 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 temptwtion 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 of systematized philosophy and the absence of religion is then Ideologies, or non-scientific philosophies.

Cioran is just humorous enough in his pessimism, and acerbic in his irony though I’m not convinced that a lot of his most outrageous statements were actually as ironic for him as they’ve been perceived to be by many critics and tempationand anyone who loves a mental exercise, murky and inside-out as they can be, will enjoy this collection of post-Nietzschean philosophical essays.


Denied sxist 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 See 1 question about The Temptation to Exist…. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. And for what it’s worth, I’d say that last line contains more wisdom and nobility than the entire published output of Emil Cioran.

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War and the 20th Century: Cioran Snippet view – His statements have the compression of poetry and the audacity of cosmic clowning. However staring into Cioran one can determine what the abyss sees when it peers into his writings. And if what’s being asserted is supposed to be self-evident without developing argument, what’s the point?

And the introduction by Susan Sontag is engaging and informative. I will stop here, for now. I find Zagajewski’s thought about Cioran to be right on the mark: A People of Solitaries. Imagine being such an acute and acerbic diagnostician of despair, decay, and delusion, and yet fully aware that not only was there n Poor Cioran.

The awful thraldom of money is upon everyone and there are only three immediately obvious escapes. Apr 10, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Tempgation