Cioran’s first book “On the Heights of Despair”, brings together all the themes from his later work: death, loneliness, disease, suffering, the. The dark, existential despair of Romanian philosopher Cioran’s short meditations is paradoxically bracing and life-affirming. Written in , when he was On the Heights of Despair shows Cioran’s first grappling with themes he would return to in his mature works: despair and decay, absurdity and alienation, futility .

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Cioran, se entrega a la defensa y el sentido de lo que en esta vida no tiene sentido.

Steinbock – – International Journal of Philosophical Studies 15 3: There is a reason why certain authors, regardless of their genius, are destined to remain relatively anonymous to the wider world.

Taylor – – In Louise M. As someone who entertained such an intimate relationship with failure, it is no wonder that Cioran was suspicious of success: How does one become a pessimist?

Quotes from On the Heightss of Edited by Kenneth R. He also talks heigyts lot about organic philosophers whom he see’s as more authentic, comparing them to abstract philosopher- who desire to understand everything but develop more complexity than required in the process, thus muddying the waters of philosophy in his view. The Trouble with Being Born. In Romania in the s and s, Cioran was a mysterious, almost mythological, presence. By Min Hyoung Song.

Book Insider: On the heights of despair by Emil Cioran

We need not waste time seeking solace. All Romanians should be arrested and beaten to dsspair pulp; only after such a beating could a superficial people make history. People who did nothing all their lives, but who otherwise were brilliant. Both will probably stumble out.

Cioran is a cruel diagnostician of despair – there is little from the realms of spiritual shadow that he is not acutely aware of – and scourges the quotidian world with its infinite banality, fespair, and immanent subjugation to death. He who laughs last laughs hardest. An intangible thirst was quenched in me and I now lay here satisfied, yet alert.


Nothingness, lyricism, the absurd, the world and I — Cioran probed the reality of existence. Whenever I happen to be in a city of any size, I marvel that riots do not break out every day: He even gave himself a new name: He then began writing in French a book that, thanks to numerous intensive revisions, would eventually become the impressive A Short History of Decay — the first of a series of ten books in which Cioran would continue to explore his perennial obsessions, with a growing detachment that allies him equally with the Greek sophists, the French moralists, and the oriental sages.

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He could live like that forever. At first there were just some bothering signs: The most relentlessly-pessimistic author not to have killed himself and, therefore, the writer of our only true solace: God and the Failure. Feb 14, Gabriela Molina added it Shelves: He had finally realized what he was after: His classes were in a perpetual state of chaos, and the students were as puzzled as his colleagues by this unlikeliest of teachers.

Barely 22 years old, he started practicing failure in all seriousness. Existential Despair in Kierkegaard.

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Born of a terrible insomnia–“a dizzying lucidity which would turn even paradise into hell”–this book presents the youthful Cioran, a self- described “Nietzsche still complete with his Zarathustra, his poses, his mystical clown’s tricks, a whole circus of the heights.

The Species Problem and its Logic: It’s a really interesting book and despite the apparent drabness and moodiness of the subject matter it’s actually an amazing read.


He doesn’t even claim to know what the proper reaction should be. Even today Transylvanians display a strong work ethic, and seriousness, discipline, and self-control are held in high esteem. Without any reluctance he talks about ideas and emotions that most people spend the major part of their lives trying their best to repress and ignore. Things that belong to the plane of ideas, naturally, since the kind of l How does one become a pessimist?

Who was this man? Drspairrealizing that he could never distinguish himself in that land of failure, he decided to once again leave Romania. Request removal from index. And then a law xioran passed which forbade the enrollment of students older than twenty-seven, and which chased me away from this paradise. Then the working of time made him see things ever more clearly. You come across in his French books passages on failure of an inspired, drunken wisdom:.

Cioran going for the rest of his life. Mar 20, Chris Godber rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. View all 27 comments.

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Writing helps us come to terms with our situations in a coherent way. Not even his status as a master of the French language. First, an odd notion seems to have hatched in his mind that he is not allowed to separate his personal worth from the historical merits of the national community to which he belongs.

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