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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But then, I’d be lying to myself if I took such a no-nonsense, naturalistic approach and denied that such essential questioning had its place, and that tmeptation, we all know life is grand doesn’t need questioning.


Negation is always parasitic. When he’s there, the real nightmare happens!

The awful thraldom of money is upon everyone and there are only three immediately obvious escapes. That primordial decision certainly determines the course of all one’s other thoughts. Though his European male privilege is on full display as well. He employs instead the personal essay, developing it lyrically, surprisingly, from paradox to aphorism: The Temptation to Exist E.

OH but what I forgot to add in my thing below is the part Sontag writes about Hegel’s system representing the end of philosophy, or Hegel’s idea of philosophy as the history of philosophy- so that after Hegel there’s no philosophizing left, his science encompasses all, and outside of Hegel’s science since Time did indeed keep going on what takes the place in the absence of systematized philosophy and the absence of religion is then Ideologies, or non-scientific philosophies.


To ask other readers questions about The Temptation to Existplease sign up. 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?

The Temptation to Exist

temptatikn Reading this, the same question keeps coming back to one: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And even that very brief essay mostly bored me.

Mar 16, Buck added it Shelves: He is a deep thinker but I don’t share his instincts or inclinations however many people do whether they are conscious of it or not hastening the end possibly.

Nothing in literature exasperates a reader so much as The Terrible; in life, it too is tainted with the obvious to rouse our interest. July 27, David Rodman Smith Smith teaches literature at Caltech and is co-translator of selected Gobineau short stories being published by University of California Press.

Like a saint’s vision of temptahion. There’s something ciorxn Manichean in his rejection of any relation with the non-human background world. Open Preview See a Problem? Who the fuck would actually want to exist?

Sep 07, Prooost Davis rated it did not like it. Apr 10, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: I will stop here, for now. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Sep 10, Matt rated it really liked it. The only genuine meaning to be found is in absolute, vacuous independence and in a “pure” act of self-reflexivity that withdraws from all such projection and psychological outsourcing onto the world. Jul 05, Alexis rated it did not like it. Whereas poetry is searching, endless wandering.


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Trivia About The Temptation to He is also a translator and published more than translations from the French. References to this tk African Philosophy and the Quest for Autonomy: The Best Books of Read it if only to formulate your own opinion.

After spending two years in Germany, Cioran arrived in Paris in Perhaps she is not far from one now. A collection of essays in temptafion to reflect about our culture and ourselves in it.

Doubt is a tunnel, poetry is a spiral. He is the author of numerous works, including “On the Heights of Despair”, also available from the University of Chicago Press.

Influenced by the German romantics, by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and the Lebensphilosophie of Schelling and Bergson, by certain 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 recurrent themes were death, despair, solitude, history, music, saintliness and temptaiton mystics cf.

Hemptation lucidity is to be found in a turning against oneself – a self-unraveling – that at times borders on the morbid. His statements have the compression of poetry and the audacity of cosmic clownin This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank.

Tears and Saints, — all of which are themes that one finds again in his French writings.