“Living without belief or unbelief” – John GRAY

The God of monotheism did not die, it only left the scene for a while in order to reappear as humanity – the human species dressed up as a collective agent, pursuing its self-realization in history. But, like the God of monotheism, humanity is a work of the imagination. The only observable reality is the… Continue lendo “Living without belief or unbelief” – John GRAY

“Jacob’s struggle with the angel” (Alec Wilkinson)

THE NEW YORKER, June 15, 2015 The passage that recurs in my life is that of Jacob wrestling the angel. For many artists, it is a metaphor for the struggle to subdue one’s talent so that it collaborates with one’s ambitions to create.  I cannot separate the Bible from my father. In the middle of… Continue lendo “Jacob’s struggle with the angel” (Alec Wilkinson)

“The fundamental idea of the philosophy of Lev Shestov” (Nikolai Berdiaev)

BERDYAEV.COM Several times already I have written in the pages of “Put’” about Lev Shestov. But here is a demand to speak otherwise about him, and to honour his memory. Lev Shestov was a philosopher, who philosophised with all his being, and for whom philosophy was not an academic specialisation, but rather a matter of… Continue lendo “The fundamental idea of the philosophy of Lev Shestov” (Nikolai Berdiaev)

“Indirect death: ennui and void” (Mircea Lăzărescu)

Romanian Journal of Artistic Creativity, New York, Summer 2015, vol III, no. 2 (10). The questions that Emil Cioran asks time and again could be phrased like: What was God doing before creating the world, time and man? What does God do when he leaves man all alone in the world? What does God do… Continue lendo “Indirect death: ennui and void” (Mircea Lăzărescu)

“Tears and Saints versus The Evil Demiurge” (Mara Magda Maftei-Bourbonnais)

MULTICULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS. Literature and Discourse as Forms of Dialogue. Arhipelag XXI Press, Tîrgu Mureș, 2016. [PDF] Abstract: Even if it is difficult to judge whether Cioran was an atheist in everyday life or not (i.e. quite an uninteresting issue after all), researchers cannot ignore the relationship Cioran had with God in his written discourse. This… Continue lendo “Tears and Saints versus The Evil Demiurge” (Mara Magda Maftei-Bourbonnais)

“The irony and obsessions of Cioran’s philosophy” (Marius Nica)

MULTICULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS. Literature and Discourse as Forms of Dialogue Arhipelag XXI Press, Tîrgu Mureș, 2016 [Full text] Abstract: The paper deals with some of the main characteristics of Cioran’s philosophical work and suggests a clear point of view on the so-called pessimistic attitude on life the writer is believed to have constructed. Moreover, the problem… Continue lendo “The irony and obsessions of Cioran’s philosophy” (Marius Nica)

“An Indian philosophy of universal contingency: Nagarjuna’s school” (Fernando Tola & Carmen Dragonetti)

The Normal Experience and the Philosophical Study of the Empirical Reality The ordinary experience reveals to us a reality composed of beings and things which present themselves as existing in se et per se, as compact, continuous and unitary, as permanent and as real, i.e. as being such as we perceive them. The Madhyamika school… Continue lendo “An Indian philosophy of universal contingency: Nagarjuna’s school” (Fernando Tola & Carmen Dragonetti)

“Philosophical skepticism at the end of the XXth century” (Marius Dobre)

Conference at International Workshop in Genova, „The life of communication. Knowledges, Practices and Powers”, october 2011, postdoctoral project POSDRU/89/1.5/S/63663, University of Genova, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia. Abstract: The skepticism represented a strong philosophical movement, at the twilight of Antiquity, within the school of Pyrrhon, its subsequent apparitions within the history of philosophy being just some… Continue lendo “Philosophical skepticism at the end of the XXth century” (Marius Dobre)

“The category of the religious in Cioran’s discourse” (Rodrigo Inácio R. Sá Menezes)

ANALE SERIA DREPT, Universitatea Tibiscus, Timișoara, Romania, n° XXV, 2016, p. 49-80. Abstract: We aim at demonstrating the hermeneutic plausibility of reading Cioran as a heterodox religious thinker, a hypothesis that sits comfortably well alongside the assumption of him being a secular spirit–one with a concern for religious matters and an appeal for some ever-problematic… Continue lendo “The category of the religious in Cioran’s discourse” (Rodrigo Inácio R. Sá Menezes)

“E.M. Cioran, or God Doesn’t Wear a Cane” (Andrei Codrescu)

American Book Review, vol. 1, no. 5, December/January 1978 In my bed of pain, with a crown of ice cubes araund my foot, I was proof that Paris is the best skateboarding town in the world. The square at St. Sulpice had run from under me like Los Angeles had from under Fred Astaire, to show… Continue lendo “E.M. Cioran, or God Doesn’t Wear a Cane” (Andrei Codrescu)