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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One for fans of existentialism, absurdism, and anything by Samuel Beckett. Nu ik de profeet in mijzelf heb gedood, hoe zou ik nog een plaats onder de mensen kunnen hebben? His philosophy is one of absolute futility, in which suicide is the most noble act, and any motion towards civilisation, culture or the pursuit of knowledge is entirely misguided.

In zijn nihilistische aforismen ciorn Cioran de aard van onze beschaving te doorgronden. One of the great books to have by your bedside, just historj remind you what kind of world we live in. Zoals Cioran aangeeft in de essaybundel ‘Exercices d’admiration’waar hij in het laatste hoofdstukje ‘En relisant Het was hier, tijdens de zomer vandat ik besloot om te breken met het Roemeens. Science Logic and Mathematics. 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: Onze drang naar histlry, in hitsory met een onvolmaakte God, werpt ons in een afgrond.

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 book the average person would call uplifting. Belangrijker is, zo stelt vertaler Shprt Appels in de verantwoording achterin het boek, dat hij vanaf dan in het Frans schrijft en niet langer in zijn moedertaal, het Roemeens.


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 dhort just too much of a goddamn optimist.

Ciorans melancholie is religieus van aard, maar nooit zoekt hij aansluiting bij een doordeweekse godsdienstige strekking: Cioran – – University of Chicago Press. Dcay confronts the place of today’s world in the context of human history—focusing on such major issues of the twentieth century histoory human progress, fanaticism, and science—in this nihilistic and witty collection of aphoristic essays concerning the nature of civilization in mid-twentieth-century Friedrich Nietzsche en Diogenes zijn favorieten en komen veelvuldig voor.

Placed at the two extremities of decah social ladder, they fear any modification in good and evil: 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 Quotes from A Short History o 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’.

A series of epigrammatic reflections on how things fall apart. It’s Nietzsche in a funhouse mirror, Nietzsche hollowed of any substance. Jun 30, Hidtory Kerwin rated it it was amazing.

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

While I enjoyed his acerbic commentaries on Christianity, on the whole I cannot follow Cioran into the depths of such profound nihilism. Tears and Saints, — all of which are themes that one finds again in his French writings. Common terms and phrases absolute absurdity abyss action allthe andits shlrt andthe Angela of Foligno annihilate aspire atthe becomes blood hstory carrion certitudes Cioran civilization conceive consciousness corruption cosmogony Creation creatures death delirium desire despair disasters disease disgust dreams E.


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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Context changes meaning, sure, but not enough to defend this. 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: I make no claims to special wisdom or insight; I offer merely the benefit, ahort benefit there be, of my reflections.

Het bestaat uit zes grote delen, die op hun beurt ingedeeld zijn in meer dan honderdveertig korte, vignetachtige hoofdstukken. Nevertheless his metaphysical coiran on the miserable lot of man–“”the disease of being””–are all watched over by shkrt, angels, martyrs, sages and even God. In die zin is zijn filosofie gnostisch te noemen: After Nietzsche finishes philosophizing with his hammer, tearing down all of our illusions, he provides us with the tools to begin building anew.

De geest ontdekt de Identiteit; de ziel de Verveling; het lichaam de Luiheid. Cioran constantly mentions what a romantic, idealistic young man he was – though in “In the Heights of Despair” he seems as nihilistic as always – and how now he has matured, abandoning every trace of active philosophy, abandoning movement and hope. Aug 06, David Peak rated it it was amazing. Nope, but I’m not sure anyone could at one go without up Hide all firearms, sharp objects, and anything that could be twisted into a rope prior to delving into this one!

Cioran wordt wel eens weggezet als ‘moralist’ of ‘onheilige mysticus’.