Cioran’s first book “On the Heights of Despair”, brings together all the themes from his later work: death, loneliness, disease, suffering, the. The dark, existential despair of Romanian philosopher Cioran’s short meditations is paradoxically bracing and life-affirming. Written in , when he was On the Heights of Despair shows Cioran’s first grappling with themes he would return to in his mature works: despair and decay, absurdity and alienation, futility .
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The decline is already so advanced, Cioran believes, that nothing can be saved any more, except perhaps for the appearances.
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The beginning and the ending have kind of brig I can say I don’t agree on most of the ideas in this book and I wonder how ciroan someone live like this? And if you had such thoughts, ones you knew were vital to your human condition, that keeping them in would result in total inner collapse, would you do anything but fling them into the arms of others, whether they were prepared to embrace them or not?
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Is the gap so wide between an inferno and a ravaging paradise? All triumphs are moral. Harris – – The Hague: Cioran is a cruel diagnostician of despair – there is little from cioraj realms of spiritual shadow that he is not acutely aware of – and scourges the quotidian world with its infinite banality, pointlessness, and immanent subjugation to If, Cioran, twenty-two years old and already so caustically weary with that great travail called life – I remember that age well!
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On the Heights of Despair by Emil M. Cioran
He just states how sick he is of life. Never forgiven, never forgotten. Cioran going for the rest of his life. Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life.
There is as little aptitude towards suicide within the Transylvanian prophet as there is towards living; he defiantly thrusts against the current in the belly of the abyss. I need this depression, and even today before I sit down to write I play a disk of [sad] Gypsy music from Hungary.
In November that year, he writes to his friend Mircea Eliade: Things that belong to the plane of ideas, naturally, since the kind of life that has been portrayed at times is literally impossible, and impracticable ideas which try to convey intellectual depth and are repeated by others, clinging to such pose as hard as they can because “happy people are all stupid and morality is a disgrace and I want to be consumed by fire and I long for the destruction of the world,” too exhausting All Romanians should be arrested and beaten to a pulp; only after such a beating could a superficial people make history.
Hitler is conspicuously the man in charge, and Cioran is appropriately impressed. To him “An existence which does not hide a great madness has no value. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
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How does one become a pessimist? Steinbock – – International Journal of Philosophical Studies 15 3: A Short History of Decay. The Trouble with Being Born. Even today Transylvanians display a strong work ethic, and seriousness, discipline, and self-control are held in high esteem.
It’s actually written in this interesting lyrical format that is vivid and almost strangely life affirming, Cioran transforms accepting suffering and darkness and horror into a positive, a kind of fingers up to fee Recently I finished E.
Inrealizing that he could never distinguish himself in that land of failure, he decided to once again leave Romania. Puts him in the company of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard.
And so he did, at least for a while:. Things that belong to the plane of ideas, naturally, since the kind of l How does one become a pessimist?
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Don’t even get my started on Anti-Oedipus by Thhe and Guattri hahaha This unfolds in several layers. The result was a more nuanced philosophizing and a more humane thinker: It’s a shame that this is Cioran’s most rated book in Goodreads, since it’s not his best one at all and he knew it.
Cioran started to forget at such an alarming rate that he had to be interned. He continued to write in Romanian until the early s he wrote his last article in Romanian inwhich is also the year in which height began writing in French. You’ll realise that subjectivity is all you can go on, something which Cioran gets at very early in the book. What a waste of a good prose style! For Romanians entertain a unique relationship to failure; just as the Eskimos have countless words for snow, the Romanian language seems to have just as many associated with failure.
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It also presents Cioran as a connoisseur of apocalypse, a theoretician of despair, for whom writing and philosophy both share the “lyrical virtues” that alone lead to a metaphysical revelation.