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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In the essay, “Some Blind Alleys: I can’t figure out if I love or hate this dude. He holds to the aristocratic and romantic view of the healthy life by opposing the intellect “Too much lucidity results in a loss of equilibrium” and the free mind “ultimately anti-social, detrimental to the health of the community”. The Temptation To Exist No preview available – Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

The Temptation to Exist by Emil M. Cioran

About the Author E. I realize when reading this I may not be as crazy as I was thinking and everyone was telling me. The man who has lost everything preserves as a last resort the hope of glory, or of literary scandal. Deeply flawed yet exxist interesting. The fact to which we have got to cling, as to a lifebelt, is that it is possible to be a normal decent person and yet be fully alive. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

This book is a powerhouse of essays.


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? Jun 10, David rated it really liked it. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Influenced by the German romantics, by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and the Lebensphilosophie of Schelling and Bergson, by temptatoin Russian writers, including Chestov, Rozanov, and Dostoyevsky, and by the Romanian poet Eminescu, Cioran wrote lyrical and expansive meditations that were often metaphysical in nature and whose xioran themes were death, despair, solitude, history, music, saintliness and the mystics cf. No trivia or quizzes yet.


Temptahion out a little and the view becomes higher. Only in this fertile opposition does it get its full sense for me. Today, he is on his way to his own destruction through self-objectification, impeccable production and reproduction, excess of self-analysis and transparency, and artificial triumph.

I have to admit here that I ducked out of dinner early, in the middle of the second essay. Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers. He later renounced not only his support for the Iron Guard, but also their nationalist ideas, and frequently expressed regret and repentance for his emotional implication in it.

One is religion, another is unending work, the third is the kind of sluttish antinomianism – lying in bed till four in the afternoon, drinking Pernod – that Mr. Negation is always parasitic. Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers.

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We are less capable than many of us would like to believe of merely being in eternity. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. See 1 question about The Temptation to Exist…. The darkening of colour that optimism causes in our lives only adds to our despair. There are no discussion topics ciogan this book yet. Dealing with the Mystics. About the Author E. One of these writers was Oswald Spengler who influenced Cioran’s political philosophy in that he offered Gnostic reflections on the destiny of man and civilization.

I recently discovered him, and once I read this book, i had to go out and get every title by this incredible writer. One of his Russian characters calls the pragmatic and reasoned Western solutions to government “a pact with the Devil. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Preoccupied with the problems of death and suffering, he was attracted to temptaiton idea of suicidebelieving it to be an idea that could help one go on living, an idea which he fully explored in On the Heights of Despair.


Some people can see further. Ultimately, Cioran shows just how little grounding is left for the self that is determined to place its -entire- life into question and not just select domains within that life, as past philosophers did.

And even that very brief essay mostly bored me. After the war he found himself a survivor of one apocalypse perhaps he was waiting on even hoping for the next and final one.

Gass called Cioran’s work “a philosophical romance on the modern themes of alienation, absurdity, boredom, futility, decay, the tyranny of history, the vulgarities of change, awareness as agony, reason as disease”. War and the 20th Century: His compatriots in exile envy him: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. With the first ballpark estimation of the speed of light occurring during the Enlightenment, would Cioran have begun marking our progress along the paths of acute existential suffering, of philosophic systems and scientific analysis erected under Historyof the birth pangs of Ideology and the mad lust for rebellion, along a scale aligned to human awareness of the spatial velocity of the Sun’s burning caresses?

I love this book. Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers. Maybe it’s just me.

His early call for modernization was, however, hard to reconcile with the traditionalism of the Iron Guard.

After a short stay in his home country November — FebruaryCioran never returned again. Imagine being such an acute and acerbic diagnostician of despair, decay, and delusion, and yet fully aware that not only was there n Poor Cioran. Corian saw behind these thick veils of optimism.