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

Oh, the irony I feast on! Quotes from A Short History o Well, this one took a while for such a slim volume. Open Preview See a Problem?

Be the first to discover new talent! 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. He has elevated neurasthenia to a faith. Not exactly a location suitable for a wide audience. Dec 11, Reuben rated it did not like it Shelves: 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’d have liked to read further for the comedy factor, since he follows long nihilistic digressions with bizarre, wholly uncharacteristic praise for frivolity. He focuses on such major issues of the twentieth century as human progress, fanaticism, and science. To follow your ‘description’ I am more like a mixed type: Most of his ideas are too esoteric or crippled by his slanted perspective to be credible except in a poetic sense. I simply cannot take him seriously, and for the reader, such an attitude becomes liberating: Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.


View all 3 comments. A Short History of Decay E. Mental States and Processes in Philosophy of Mind. Jul 15, Chris Jones rated it it was amazing Shelves: Published September 15th by Arcade Publishing first published Keith DeRose – manuscript. Christopher Cordner – – Snort Medicine and Bioethics 26 3: Jun 30, Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing.

Cioran writes with an almost theatrical degree of cynicism: It is a mistake to think of Cioran as a philosopher. Want dfcay Read saving…. See 1 question about A Short History of Decay….

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A collection of aphorisms, barely any of which reflect reality, which are soaked in some of the most sublime prose. Cioran’s thought and writing can only adequately be described as ‘pleasantly exhausting’: Life and Death Matters: Human Personhood and Culture.

So what’s the point to be serious about life? Ook veel filosofen komen aan bod.

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A Short History of Decay

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. At times, especially when he’s compellingly observing how heroism is the opposite of depth, I was reminded of the works of Jeff Lint – but that may just have been because I was reading this alongside And Your Point Is? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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?!?!

Op dat moment besloot ik ermee te stoppen, en me te wijden aan het Frans. Cioran takes his nihilism all the wa As brilliant a thinker and writer as Cioran was, it became evident to me why I was not very familiar with his work, as I made my way through this collection of essays.

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De Historische Uitgeverij brengt nu in haar reeks ‘Beschouwelijk werk’ een trefzekere vertaling van deze klassieker, met als verrassende titel ‘Een kleine filosofie van verval’. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Having first outgrown his passion for the female saints of the Church, Cioran then “”turned away from philosophy when it became impossible to discover in Kant any human hisstory and emerged as an “”anti-philosopher”” with an avowed predilection for music, mysticism and poetry.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is funny how a joke about people in general can make you laugh.

Door de beknoptheid van de hoofdstukken – ze gaan van een halve pagina tot maximaal drie, vier pagina’s – en de veelheid aan thema’s religie, de afwezige God, de dood, het menselijk lijden, zelfmoord, de vrijheid, het auteurschap, verveling, de tijd, etc. It made me laugh for the fact that he is just so Because just look at it: One for fans of existentialism, absurdism, histoey anything by Samuel Beckett.

Granted, these are aphorisms, and expecting rigorous deductive reasoning out of them is somewhat misguided—but that doesn’t stop the fact that so much of what is written here is utterly vacuous despite how prettily it is dressed up. God is a failure decxy he created Bachenthusiasm for ciran ideas – any ideas on any subject – leads to nothing but bloody slaughter or despotism and existence is defined solely by the hiztory you endure. 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 of existential despair and cosmic horror?

And for having sought to be a sage such as never was, I am only a madman among the mad