An Unheard-of Reflection On/Against The Image, by E.M. CIORAN

An enigmatic text, mostly unheard-of by even the most knowledgeable experts in the matter of Cioran, is among the selected writings that compose Contra la Historia [Against History], a collection of aphorisms and essays edited by Esther Seligson, with the purpose of diffusing Cioran's writings in the Spanish-speaking world when his books were just starting… Continue lendo An Unheard-of Reflection On/Against The Image, by E.M. CIORAN

Tormented by God: The Mystical Nihilism of Emil Cioran (Mirko Integlia)

“Better to never have been born!” This pessimistic declaration has been made at various points in the history of human thought, becoming a true philosophical system beginning with Arthur Schopenhauer in the nineteenth century. It was repeated by various philosophers in subsequent decades, though rarely with the tragic passion of Emil Cioran (1911-1995). A solitary… Continue lendo Tormented by God: The Mystical Nihilism of Emil Cioran (Mirko Integlia)

“I Am Not Supposed To Be Here: Birth and Mystical Detection” (Nicola Masciandaro)

Black Sun Lit, May 16, 2014 “Take off your mask . . . Here! Here! We’re here! . . . It’s so good to see you all, I didn’t expect you . . . What are you doing here? Nothing . . . I am not supposed to be here . . . Don’t ever… Continue lendo “I Am Not Supposed To Be Here: Birth and Mystical Detection” (Nicola Masciandaro)

“Suffering in the mystical traditions of Buddhism and Christianity” (Jakub Urbaniak)

HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, 70(1), Art. #2117, 9 pages. This article seeks to explore the mystical approaches to suffering characteristic of both Buddhism and Christianity. Through the analysis of the meanings, the two traditions in question ascribe to suffering as a ‘component’ of mystical experience; it challenges the somewhat oversimplified understanding of the dichotomy ’sage-the-robot… Continue lendo “Suffering in the mystical traditions of Buddhism and Christianity” (Jakub Urbaniak)

“Notes on nothing: an inquiry into nihilism in Cioran’s thought and works” (Rodrigo Inácio R. Sá Menezes)

Anale. Seria Drept, volumul XXVI (2017) la editura Mirton Timisoara, ISSN 1582-9359 Abstract: Cioran is often labeled as a "nihilist", which is to a great extent the result of his equivocal ties with Friedrich Nietzsche, one of his main youth influences. However, nihilism does not constitute a key notion in Cioran's writings, and neither does the… Continue lendo “Notes on nothing: an inquiry into nihilism in Cioran’s thought and works” (Rodrigo Inácio R. Sá Menezes)

“The sceptic-on-duty” (Rüdiger Punzet)

The Hindu 04 December 2010 Profoundly influenced by Buddhism and Hinduism, the Romanian philosopher E.M. Cioran saw life as a quest for the void The American literary critic Susan Sontag called him the French Nietzsche, John Updike dubbed him a frustrated monk, and Bernhard-Henri Lévy described him as a “Dandy of the void beside whom… Continue lendo “The sceptic-on-duty” (Rüdiger Punzet)

Interview with Renzo Rubinelli: the Italian reception of Cioran

My aim is to carry out an exegesis of Cioran's thought so as to evince how the issue of time is the basis of all his meditations.  To Cioran, time is destiny. The curse of existence is that of being "incarcerated" in the linearity of time, which stems from a paradisiacal, pre-temporal past, toward a destiny of death and decay. It is a… Continue lendo Interview with Renzo Rubinelli: the Italian reception of Cioran