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 : E.m. Cioran :

Maybe it’s just me. One of his Russian characters calls the pragmatic and reasoned Western solutions to government “a pact with the Devil.

I can’t figure out if I love or hate this dude.

The Solar Empire, having been ruptured and divided into Subjects and Objects by the rebellious hordes of the individuating Devil, inflamed by the Outside, cannot again be a unitary domain of the Absolute; and every gemptation of rebellion – violent action brought about by a delusion of free-will, of overthrowing the legal code of Being – consumes itself and its own before sinking back into the stagnant waters from which, in a furious breaching, it hurled itself upwards.

Good volume to have by the bedside, when you have one of those nightmares that wake you up. Imagine being such an acute and acerbic diagnostician of despair, decay, and delusion, and yet fully aware that not temphation was there n Poor Cioran.

The Temptation to Exist by Emil M. Cioran

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 make Cioran a habit.


I couldn’t agree ckoran with Cioran’s statement about it being a mistake for Western minds to expect themselves to be able to live Eastern philosophies, “truths incompatible with their nature.

Consider the literary production of any “minor” nation which has not been so childish as to make up a past for itself: View all 10 comments. Fixar o que de importante aqui foi dito: Any positive stance we take exidt the question of Being is not just a gamble anymore, but pre-determines its own “exact mode of collapse. Though his European male privilege is on full display as well.

When the Romanian exile states that such is the case, it lacks an unwavering conviction. Apr 10, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: But then again, maybe it’s me Copyright Los Angeles Times.

The Temptation to Exist

Cioran is just humorous enough in his pessimism, and acerbic in his irony temptatkon 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 commentatorsand anyone who loves a mental exercise, murky and temtation as they can be, will enjoy this collection of post-Nietzschean philosophical essays.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. But the Christian virus torments us: Philosophy sucks, which is why we read it.

In the essay, “Some Blind Alleys: Now, down to tk specifics: I found these essays dull and repetitive. Deeply flawed yet deeply interesting. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Nietzsche once remarked that when we stare into the abyss the abyss stare into us. Read on its own, Cioran’s perspective seems incomplete, forced. He was spared the madness of Nietzsche, but perhaps, in the end, was afforded a ruder treatment: Moreover, his wearing the mantle of the “tired European intellectual” may bore and his concern with “being and nothingness” appear a form of intellectual self-abuse.


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 of systematized philosophy and the absence of religion is then Ideologies, or non-scientific philosophies.

There is thus something either dishonest, or repressed, about a work that seeks to build itself solely on the lucidity of negation. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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 And several other times in my life, when I was swimming far out, or lying alone on a beach, I have had the same experience, became the sun, the hot sand, green seaweed anchored to a rock, swaying in the tide.

And what enlightenment, if any, are we supposed to derive from windy aphorisms like this: The Temptation To Exist No preview available – What if we add to the mixture our dawning comprehension that we travel at the exact same rate of speed through the enigmatic tunnel of our great nemesis, Time?