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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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It made me laugh for the fact that he is just so Having first outgrown his passion for the female saints of the Church, Cioran then coran 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

Maar doordat hij met allerhande filosofen in discussie gaat, neemt hij expliciet een positie in binnen een wijsgerige traditie. De geest ontdekt de Identiteit; de ziel de Verveling; het lichaam de Luiheid.

One for fans of existentialism, absurdism, and anything by Samuel Beckett. He says what most of us know coiran what it seems to me like a scheme sometimes.

Context changes meaning, sure, but not enough to defend this. It’s a viewpoint I associate with teenagers. It is funny how a joke about people in general can make you laugh.

There was a problem adding your email address. Cioran confronts the place of today’s world in the context of human history.

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

To follow your ‘description’ I am more like a mixed type: The hermeneutics of the void via prose poetry. To ask other readers questions about A Short History of Decayplease sign up. The book contained a mailing label to the Illinois Secretary of State; sort of gives one pause to think this is what government officials are reading, doesn’t it?!?! Nevertheless his metaphysical broodings on the miserable lot of man–“”the disease of being””–are all watched over by saints, angels, martyrs, sages and even God.


Het fragmentarische uit zich ook in de interpunctie: Refresh and try again. Mijn kijk op de dingen is niet fundamenteel veranderd; wat zeker veranderd is, is de toon. Zelfs wanneer hij zich verwijdert van de religie, blijft de mens eraan onderworpen; zich uitputtend in het bedenken van schijngoden, maakt hij ze zich koortsachtig tot de zijne: Rein in your palpitations and the course of events slows down; without our ardors, space is ice.

While the writing style is dense and abstruse often bordering on incomprehensibleit does possess a poetic beauty and is eminently quotable. Zijn denkbewegingen over het betreurenswaardige lot van de mens ‘de ziekte van het zijn’ komen steeds uit bij heiligen, engelen, martelaren en een immer afwezige God. Binnenkort bespreking op De Reactor, nu op Knack. His sneers have devastated life before he has exhausted its juice.

If that, too, is an illusion, it is one I cannot live without. Trivia About A Short History o Take the following for instance: De geschiedenis is een optocht van valse Absoluutheden, een opeenvolging van tempels opgericht omwille van voorwendsels, een vernedering van de geest tegenover het Onwaarschijnlijke.

He does read like someone who went to Paris for inspiration, stayed fo the nightlife, only to regress to cynicism when certainty suits him.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone that thinks positively about their future or anyone that is part of a national movement. You really have to be mad to love it. Common terms and phrases absolute absurdity abyss action allthe andits andof andthe Angela of Foligno annihilate aspire atthe becomes blood bythe carrion certitudes Cioran civilization conceive consciousness corruption cosmogony Creation creatures death delirium desire despair disasters disease disgust dreams E.

Het was hier, tijdens de zomer vandat ik besloot om te breken met het Roemeens. Born a Catholic, always a Catholic, however lapsed and heretical. Please provide an email address.

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. Het bestaat uit zes grote delen, die op hun beurt ingedeeld zijn in meer dan honderdveertig korte, vignetachtige hoofdstukken.


Vroeger had ik een ‘ik’; nu ben ik niet meer dan een object Hisfory 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. Selected pages Table of Contents. If you think you hate life, or maybe just the world around you this book will make you kick yourself repeatedly for being just too much of a goddamn optimist. Lists with This Book. Bijna elke zin kan probleemloos uit zijn context worden gelicht, zonder aan betekenis of waarde te hoeven inboeten.

He has elevated neurasthenia to a faith. We can see the glimmer of progress and even hope if we squint hard enough. I ask you to consider the following passage:. The Right to Be Happy.

But even aside ciroan being an aphoristic work of philosophy seldom the sort of thing to benefit from being read at speedit’s hard powering through a book which is one long sigh.

A Short History of Decay by Emil M. Cioran

What is false here is so out of touch, criticising it isn’t worth the effort. Of course, I did still agree with at least half of it, so that helps. As he aged, Cioran understood the importance of conciseness and to pick his words carefully.

Zelfs het einde van Socrates heeft niets tragisch: As I alluded to earlier, the language is the only thing that kept me reading. 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 geeft commentaar, verwerkt gedachten, bekritiseert en dient collega-denkers van antwoord.