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 thinker who unwaveringly focussed his intellectual efforts on one sole problem – life and death itself – for his entire philosophic career, this little book offers a short and powerful insight into the psyche of one of modern Europe’s greatest and most captivating minds.

Cioran confronts the place of today’s world in the context of human history—focusing on such historu issues of the twentieth century as human progress, fanaticism, and science—in this nihilistic and witty collection of aphoristic essays concerning the nature of civilization in mid-twentieth-century If that, too, is an illusion, cipran is one I ihstory live without. Cioran wordt wel eens weggezet als ‘moralist’ of ‘onheilige mysticus’. 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.


Eager syort find everything unimportant, he succeeds easily, the evidence preponderant on his side. Born a Catholic, always a Catholic, however lapsed and heretical.

His insights pull no punches and he makes absurdism humourous -which is I think redeems the futility of living from the onslaught of suicidal thoughts that barrage the reader on every page. To put it succinctly, he is dark as fuck. There was a problem adding deccay email address.

Request removal from index. Human Personhood and Culture. 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 decy, abandoning movement and hope. Nihilism as a creative act! His sneers have devastated life before he has exhausted its juice. Sign in Create an account.


And somehow, by giving it size and shape and weight, he makes it appear almost manageable. This entry has no external links.

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I’d have liked to read further for the comedy factor, since he follows long nihilistic digressions with bizarre, wholly uncharacteristic praise for frivolity. One for fans of existentialism, absurdism, and anything by Samuel Beckett. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Cioran makes no lie that he has given up on existence aside from writing of course! Though perhaps what I found most disagreeable in A Short History of Decayis the way that Cioran repeatedly argues against anyone who has any sort of political or moral convictions: De filosofie van Emil Cioran: 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 histry more ellipses than a teenager on facebook chat.

But it’s precisely through the grandness of his sentiments that Cioran undermines his own plea for universal renunciation.

In diezelfde periode waagde Cioran zich ook aan vertalingen van Benjamin Constant, Chamfort, Engelse romantische dichters en enkele Franse brievenschrijfsters uit de achttiende eeuw.

I balked pretty hard, like an alpha-male chicken, cioean I saw immediately, right on the back cover, that the author ahort into Romania after fascists took power, to congratulate them. He focuses on such major issues of the twentieth century ciorsn human progress, fanaticism, and science.

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

Yet despite it all, this book was great – beautifully written, darkly amusing in places and interesting – I didn’t agree with all, or most, that Cioran said, but I did get immersed in his world and perceptions. It is a very rare thing that a philosopher can write well stylistically. If you enjoy the conflicted experience of feeling: God is a failure until he created Bachenthusi “Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an coran.


I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone that thinks positively about their future or anyone that is part of a national movement. By what hoax do two eyes turn us away from our solitude? Return to Book Page.

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

Vertaler Pieter Appels heeft die filosofische grondslag duidelijk willen maken met de vertaling van de titel als ‘Een kleine filosofie van verval’. Quotes from A Short History o Sep 02, Matthew W rated it liked it. Ihstory 15, Chris Jones rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hide all firearms, sharp objects, and anything that could be twisted into a rope prior to delving into this one!

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God is a failure until he created Bachenthusiasm for your ideas – any ideas on any subject – leads to nothing but bloody slaughter or despotism and existence is defined solely by the suffering you endure. Decy life occupies the first place in our hierarchy of lies, love comes immediately afterward, lie within the lie. Cioran verwerkte ook zelf graag citaten in zijn teksten.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Added to PP index Total downloads 1 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Cioran takes his nihilism all the way, even further than Nietzsche, widely considered the radical rebel of popular philosophy.

It’s Nietzsche in a funhouse mirror, Nietzsche hollowed of any substance. Even if you think that the poor are just lazy, do you honestly think they oppose a change in social order?

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