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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A Short History of Decay is an unbridled celebration of nihilism.

Cohen – – Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 8 2: I ask you to consider the following passage:. Cioran Limited preview – Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Mijn kijk op de dingen is niet fundamenteel veranderd; wat zeker veranderd is, is de toon.

To survive life you have to turn yourself into a specimen, to observe yourself. Well, this one took a while for such a slim volume. Sep 02, Matthew W rated it liked it. I am a lover of poetry and prose, an aspiring writer and literary critic, and a secular humanist with a strong belief in the ciroan of the Enlightenment. It is a mistake to think of Cioran as a philosopher. To say it’s a “downer” is an understatement of epic proportions but it’s a fascinating read all the same.

Keith DeRose – manuscript. In het hoofdstuk ‘Afscheid van de filosofie’ klinkt het radicaal uitgedrukt zo: This is one bleak and beautiful book. Ik prop me vol met alle verdovende middelen van de eenzaamheid; die van de wereld waren te zwak om me mezelf te doen vergeten. They were are like: To ask other readers questions about A Short History of Decayplease sign up.


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

Return to Book Page. Before finishing this review, which is actually just a small piece of my own opinion like the book itself I want to say that while washing the strawberries some days ago I felt like all of our questions regarding why we are here and how, does not make sense He says what most of us know in what it seems to me like a scheme sometimes. Het was hier, tijdens de zomer vandat ik besloot om te breken met het Roemeens.

I ask you to consider the following passage: Bijna elke zin kan probleemloos uit zijn context worden gelicht, zonder aan betekenis of waarde te hoeven inboeten. Belangrijker is, zo stelt vertaler Pieter Appels in de verantwoording achterin het boek, dat hij vanaf dan in het Frans schrijft en niet langer in zijn moedertaal, het Roemeens.

Nov 28, sologdin rated it did not like it Shelves: Though perhaps what I found most disagreeable in A Short History of Hustoryis the way that Cioran repeatedly argues against anyone who has any sort of political or moral convictions: Unreality cannot triumph indefinitely, even disguised in the appearances of the most exalting lie.

Want to Read saving…. Nu ik de profeet in mijzelf heb gedood, hoe zou ik nog een plaats onder de mensen kunnen hebben? Ik heb me van de filosofie afgekeerd op het moment dat het me niet meer lukte bij Kant een menselijke zwakheid, een waarachtig teken van droefheid te ontdekken; bij Kant niet en bij geen enkele filosoof. That part made me cry.

Nov 09, Emre vs. But here’s the thing: In zijn nihilistische aforismen probeert Cioran de aard van onze beschaving te doorgronden. Cioran takes his nihilism all the way, even further than Nietzsche, widely considered the radical rebel of popular philosophy. He sounds like another Hitler-era artist who wants order on his own strange, selfish terms, but I imagine the frivolity would be literally in reading this whole book.


And yet, published as a collection inthis series of aphoristic essays is far from a Jeremiad for a post-Holocaust Europe and a post-atomic world. Cioran has me convinced by about the first paragraph that life is absurd, God wasted was a complete failure until he created Bach and totally redeemed himself, people who live in monasteries are egotistical because they care more about their own souls than living with the rest of us Feb 20, Bradley rated it it was amazing.

Having first outgrown his passion for the female saints of the Church, Cioran then “”turned away from philosophy when it became impossible to discover in Kant any human weakness”” and emerged as an “”anti-philosopher”” with an avowed predilection for music, mysticism and poetry.

A Short History of Decay – E. M. Cioran – Google Books

Mijn vaderland bestond niet meer, mijn moedertaal ook niet Touching upon Man’s need to worship, the feebleness of God, the downfall of the Ancient Greeks and the melancholy baseness of all existence, Cioran’s pieces are pessimistic in the extreme, but also display a beautiful certainty that renders them delicate, vivid, and memorable.

Het fragmentarische uit zich ook in de interpunctie: As I alluded to earlier, the language is the only thing that kept me reading. Hoewel Frans niet zijn moedertaal was, zien velen hem vandaag als een van de grootste stilisten in die taal.