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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Some of these are collections of brief essays one or two pages, on average ; others are collections of aphorisms. He says himself that poetry is a grander work than philosophy, and ultimately what he’s achieved here is closer to the former than the latter. We can see the glimmer of progress and even hope if we squint hard enough. Illuminating and brutally honest, A Short History of Decay dissects Man’s decadence in a remarkable series of moving and beautiful pieces.
First of all you can never find the harmony. Refresh and try again. Door de beknoptheid van de hoofdstukken – ze gaan van een halve shor tot maximaal drie, vier pagina’s – en de veelheid aan thema’s religie, de afwezige God, de dood, het menselijk lijden, zelfmoord, de vrijheid, het auteurschap, verveling, de tijd, etc. His philosophy is one of decsy futility, in which suicide is the most noble act, and any motion towards civilisation, culture or the pursuit of knowledge is entirely misguided.
It is a very historry thing that a philosopher can write well stylistically. Do you need a hug? A series of epigrammatic reflections on how things fall apart. After spending two years in Germany, Cioran arrived in Paris in It made me laugh for the fact that he deczy just so Zelfs wanneer hij zich verwijdert van de religie, blijft de mens eraan onderworpen; zich uitputtend in het bedenken ciorab schijngoden, maakt hij ze zich koortsachtig tot de zijne: This I bought and started reading in Romania itself, albeit in translation.
Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Cioran Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. This entry has no external links. Even at his darkest and most mordant, Cioran’s dancing charcoal humor shimmers throughout the grim stream of nihilistic vituperation, such that the harsh friction of the smegma of existence called life being vigorously scrubbed with bristles of anguish and apostasy is periodically overlain by the unexpected, leavening sound of whistling.
Love lulls knowledge; wakened, knowledge kills love. About Me I am a lover of poetry and prose, an aspiring writer and literary critic, and a secular humanist with a strong belief in the ideals of the Enlightenment.
I balked pretty hard, like an alpha-male chicken, when I saw immediately, right on the back cover, that the author flew into Romania after fascists took power, to congratulate them. In zijn nihilistische aforismen probeert Cioran de aard van onze beschaving te doorgronden.
But, I find arguments like this so often amount to burying one’s head in the sand, and throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It’s a viewpoint I associate with teenagers.
There he wallows, waiting for his absurdly self-aware existence to run its futile course, all the while laughing at, not only us, but at himself as well. Histiry 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.
View all 8 comments. Oh, the irony I feast on! Hide all firearms, sharp objects, and anything that could be twisted into a rope prior to delving into this one! How best to describe Emil Cioran?
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Christian Smith – – Oxford University Press. If life occupies the first place in our hierarchy of lies, love comes immediately afterward, lie within the lie. De filosofie van Emil Cioran: Sep 14, Luke rated it it was amazing Shelves: What is true here is fairly uncontroversial: Most of his ideas are too esoteric or crippled hitsory his slanted perspective to be credible except in a poetic sense.
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A Short History of Decay
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Cioran’s aphoristic musings on the decay of modern society is not easy on the soul, but is made bearable by his beautiful turns of phrase and concise explanations despite the fact that he uses more ellipses than a teenager on facebook chat. Quotes from A Short History o