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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This entry has no external links. If life occupies the first place in our hierarchy of lies, love comes immediately afterward, lie within the lie.

It is just amazing how at the last pages you can just see the streams and his pain within them. 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.

In the battle of arguments, he is always the winner, as he is always the loser in action: One can find ideas that stand out as incisive and penetrating, though usually these need to be extricated from the surrounding negativity and histrionics. But then again, he was only 22 when he wrote In the Heights of Despair, and any sin of style and exaggeration can be forgiven due to his young age.


Take the following for instance: Feb 17, aaron rated it really liked it. 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. View all 5 comments.

Eecay the first to discover new talent! Has a more apt description of Hamlet ever been written? Ook veel filosofen komen aan bod. How Cioran could live with thoughts like these and not end his own life is beyond me, but like a character out of Beckett he continues going on.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. What is false here is so out of touch, criticising it isn’t worth the effort. Cioran hiistory the place of today’s world in the context of human history—focusing on such major 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 Ik 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.

You really have to be mad to love it. A hymn to the futility of everything – including thinking you’ve gained anything by having noticed the futility of everything – it’s torn between Cioran’s desire to fade away, and his envy for the great monsters of history.

One for fans of existentialism, absurdism, and anything by Samuel Beckett. His philosophy is one of absolute futility, in which suicide is the most noble act, and any motion towards civilisation, culture or the pursuit of knowledge is entirely misguided.

So what’s the point to be serious about life?

A Short History of Decay

Hij noemde zichzelf ooit veelbetekenend ‘un homme de fragment’. Nope, but I’m not sure anyone could at one go without up Hide all firearms, sharp objects, and anything that could be twisted into a rope prior ciooran delving into this one!


And it’s true, he does reads like a mature adult and not a r What do you get when you mix Diogenes, Heraclitus, Lao zi, the Buddha and La Rochefoucauld in a small piece of coal and crushes it under an infitiny hostory existential despair and cosmic horror?

In het hoofdstuk ‘Afscheid van de filosofie’ klinkt het radicaal uitgedrukt zo: Well, this one took a while for such a slim volume.

Designed, of course, for provoking the Three D’s: The hermeneutics of the void via prose poetry. Tears and Saints, — all of which are themes that one finds again in his French writings. Het fragmentarische uit zich ook in de interpunctie: A Short History of Decay. And it’s true, he does reads like a mature adult and not a rebellious teenager anymore. Dismay, Despair, and Denouncement ; but such caustic, gnostic poetophilosophy is so rife with profound truth immanent within the blasphemy that even the most repulsed reader can mine it for nuggets of wisdom being careful to rinse off the acid.

I have of late been reading a number of alarming reports on the state of modern society: Think – Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco but flavored with full-blown nihilistic humor. Aug 29, Jay Green rated it it was amazing. I ask you to consider the following passage:.