The Questions of Milinda and the Dangers of Wisdom – CIORAN

If we have laid violent hands on our desires, persecuted and smothered our attachments and our passions, we shall curse those who have encouraged us to do so, first of all the sage within ourselves, our most redoubtable enemy, guilty of having cured us of everything without having rid us of the regret for anything.… Continue lendo The Questions of Milinda and the Dangers of Wisdom – CIORAN

“Recommencer la Connaissance” – CIORAN

Croire à l’histoire, c’est convoiter le possible, c’est postuler la supériorité qualitative de l’imminent sur l’immédiat, c’est se figurer que le devenir est assez riche par lui-même pour rendre l’éternité superflue. Que l’on cesse d’y croire, aucun événement ne conserve la moindre portée. On ne s’intéresse plus alors qu’aux extrémités du Temps, moins à ses… Continue lendo “Recommencer la Connaissance” – CIORAN

“A Portrait of Civilized Man” – CIORAN 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 “A Portrait of Civilized Man” – CIORAN

“An Unheard-of Reflection On (Against) The Image by Emil Cioran” – Leobardo VILLEGAS; Rodrigo MENEZES

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 Emil Cioran” – Leobardo VILLEGAS; Rodrigo MENEZES

“The Nihilist as a Not-Man. An Analysis of Psychological Inhumanity” – Ştefan BOLEA

Philobiblon - Transylvanian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research in Humanities, vol. 1, no. 1, January 2015 [PDF] This paper is a result of a doctoral research made possible by the financial support of the Sectoral Operational Programme for Human Resources Development 2007–2013, cofinanced by the European Social Fund, under the project POSDRU/159/1.5/S/132400 - ―Young successful researchers… Continue lendo “The Nihilist as a Not-Man. An Analysis of Psychological Inhumanity” – Ştefan BOLEA

“A fanatic without conviction” – Charles NEWMAN

"And there, sir, lies the entire problem, to have within oneself the inseparable reality and the material clarity of feeling, to have it in such a degree that the feeling cannot but express itself, to have a wealth of words and of formal constructions which can join in the dance, serve one's purpose-and at the… Continue lendo “A fanatic without conviction” – Charles NEWMAN

“E.M. Cioran: The Delusions of our Sadness” (S.C. Hickman)

DARK CHEMISTRY - Philosophy, Art, and Ecology at the crossroads of Speculative Realism, November 11th, 2010 "However much I have frequented the mystics, deep down I have always sided with the Devil; unable to equal him in power, I have tried to be worthy of him, at least, in insolence, acrimony, arbitrariness, and caprice."       … Continue lendo “E.M. Cioran: The Delusions of our Sadness” (S.C. Hickman)

“Dominants of Cioranian thinking” (Vasile Chira)

Blogul lui VASILE CHIRA, Februarie 15, 2012 I. Dominants grounded in the structure of transcendence 1. Sanctity and mystical ecstasy Cioran’s obsession about sanctity goes back to the inner biography of the thinker, rather than to the factual one. Having an indisputable weakness for the voluptuousness of ecstasy, he also maintains a queer duplicity towards… Continue lendo “Dominants of Cioranian thinking” (Vasile Chira)

“A Portrait of Civilized Man” (E. M. Cioran)

The Hudson Review, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring, 1964), pp. 9-20. Translated by Marthiel Mathews from CIORAN, E. M., "Portrait de l'homme civilisé", La chute dans le temps, Paris, Gallimard, 1964. OUR RAGE TO RID THE HUMAN SCENE of everything irregular, unexpected, or mis-shapen, borders on indecency. It may of course be deplorable that certain… Continue lendo “A Portrait of Civilized Man” (E. M. Cioran)