De Maistre, Baudelaire, and Original Sin: between Tyranny and Heresy as Radical Liberty (Joseph Acquisto)

“Freedom is the supreme good only for those animated by the will to heresy.“ Cioran, Syllogismes de l’amertume * The high stakes of any modern or contemporary discussion of original sin immediately become apparent: quickly divorced from questions of belief, original sin becomes the base of a political theology that veers toward tyranny. The authoritarian conclusions fall back, however,…

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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…

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“The Cioranian ‘Fragment’ and the Structure of Gnostic Representations” (Viorel Cernica)

Annals of the Academy of Romanian Scientists. Series on Philosophy, Psychology, Theology and Journalism, Volume 3, Number 1-2/2011 Abstract. The Cioranian stylistics seems to belong only to a choice of the author, to a judgment of “efficiency” concerning the expressing of the thoughts, assumed, in fact, by the author, in some of his interviews or…

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“Insomnolent Anathemas – E.M. Cioran’s Unbelieving Gift to Theology” (Philip G. Ziegler)

Theology Today, 75(3), 391-398 Abstract: Over several decades during the second half of the last century, the Romanian-born Parisian intellectual, E.M. Cioran penned a series of uneasy works whose despondent obsession with God is matched only by their utter disavowal of the reality of the divine. Wrestling pessimistically with nihilism in world forged by chronic insomnia,…

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“Falling into Salvation in Cioran” (Joseph Acquisto)

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, vol. 38: Iss. 1, Article 2, 2014. Abstract: While, at first glance, there seems to be very little room in the thought of E.M. Cioran for the notion of salvation, a closer look reveals that Cioran returns constantly to the vocabulary and the concept of redemption. This article…

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“The «clairvoyants des abîmes»: Cioran, Reader of F.M. Dostoievsky” (Sergio García Guillem)

Human and Social Studies (HSS) – The Journal of “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University from Iasi, vol. 2, Issue 3 (Oct 2013), pp. 124-139. By Sergio García Guillem – Faculty of Philosophy and Sciences of Education, University of Valencia, Avenida Blanco Ibáñez 13, Nivel 4, Valencia, 46010, Spain Abstract: The discovery of F.M. Dostoyevsky by young E. M.…

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