Civilized Man And The Others: An Illustrated Portrait

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOx7UQ0mD3E Our determination to banish the irregular, the unexpected, and the misshapen from the human landscape verges on indecency : that certain tribesmen still choose to devour their surplus elders is doubtless deplorable, but I cannot conclude that such picturesque sybarites must be exterminated; after all, cannibalism is a model closed economy, as well as… Continue lendo Civilized Man And The Others: An Illustrated Portrait

ZHUANGZI: The Sage of Uncertainty

Perhaps I am a bit of a philosopher, inasmuch as, in favor of my ills, I have endeavored to always advance to ever higher degrees of insecurity.Cioran, letter to Fernando Savater "As for Cioran's skepticism, it is of such a parti-pris that it is hardly dramatic. What to think of a spirit that says: “Nothing… Continue lendo ZHUANGZI: The Sage of Uncertainty

How is skepticism different than cynicism? Find the answer in ancient Greece – Merrill Perlman

Columbia Journalism Review, October 15, 2018 A USA TODAY OP-ED COLUMN created a stir in recent days. No, not the one supposedly written by President Trump that was followed by a fact check showing many of the claims to be wrong. This one said that in challenging Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination by supporting his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Democrats had… Continue lendo How is skepticism different than cynicism? Find the answer in ancient Greece – Merrill Perlman

“E.M. Cioran: a philosopher dedicated to skepticism” (Joseph Coates)

Chicago Tribune, June 23, 1991 Anathemas and AdmirationsBy E.M. CioranTranslated from the French by Richard HowardArcade, 256 pages, $22.95 People who read philosophers for entertainment (probably a larger constituency than the average American publisher would estimate) want thinkers who can also write, and such readers have had hard slogging in the 20th Century. Wittgenstein`s life… Continue lendo “E.M. Cioran: a philosopher dedicated to skepticism” (Joseph Coates)

“Literature and literary criticism according to an ‘incomplete disbeliever’, Emil Cioran” (Magda Wächter)

STUDIA UBB PHILOLOGIA, LXII, 1, 2017, p. 265 – 272. ABSTRACT. Literature and Literary Criticism according to an “Incomplete Disbeliever”, Emil Cioran. The present study analyses the views of Cioran, as an “incomplete believer” upon literature and literary criticism, as he defines himself. Despite his pretended reticence about these cultural fields, the philosopher, often considered… Continue lendo “Literature and literary criticism according to an ‘incomplete disbeliever’, Emil Cioran” (Magda Wächter)

“Words of nectar and cyanide” (Joseph Bottum)

FIRST THINGS, May 2009 You can trace, through the history of philosophy, a line of aphorism”that odd, somewhat disreputable method of doing philosophy as a kind of bastard poetry. Maybe even as a kind of magic: truth as something to be summoned by careful incantation and the weird precision of a witch’s spell. It starts… Continue lendo “Words of nectar and cyanide” (Joseph Bottum)

“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)

“Traces of buddhism in the works of Cioran” – Marius DOBRE

European Journal of Science and Theology, June 2013, Vol.9, No.3, 95-104 Abstract: Emil Cioran spoke repeatedly about the injustice of birth, life and death. I chose these three themes of reflection to highlight any similarities between the Buddhist doctrine and Cioran's philosophy. But is Cioran an authentic Buddhist? Despite the connections made between him and… Continue lendo “Traces of buddhism in the works of Cioran” – Marius DOBRE

“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)