Agnosis: Theology in the Void (George Pattison)

IAGO I am not what I am. Shakespeare, Othello, I.I. FOOL Can you make no use of nothing, nuncle? LEAR Why no, boy; nothing can be made out of nothing. Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.4. It appeared to a man as in a dream – it was a waking dream – that he became pregnant with…

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“E. M. Cioran, Nihilist and Ecstatic” (Robert Wicks)

Life and works In a brief autobiographical sketch, Emile Mihai Cioran described himself as follows: I was born on the 8th April 1911 in Rasinari, a village in the Carpathians, where my father was a Greek Orthodox priest. From 1920 to 1928 I attended the Sibiu grammar school. From 1929 to 1931 I studied at…

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Existentialism, Gnosticism, Nihilism: Culianu on Cioran

Existentialism We will not insist on analyzing the relations between existentialism and Gnosticism established by Hans Jonas. I have already done this elsewhere, in detail (Gnosticismo, pp. 119 sq.). Gnosticism and existentialism resemble the phenomenology of the being-in-the-world, which is “pro-iectation” (Geworfenheit), abandonment, forgetfulness, inauthenticity. But while this condition forms, for the Gnostic, only the…

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Echoes of Laughter in The Pale Moonlight: Notes on Joker (John Gillen)

MEDIUM, October 16, 2019 “You are only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” — Robin Williams In the late twentieth century, a writer named Emil Cioran was invited to speak in Zurich. He was introduced with much reverence and compared to some of the greatest existentialist philosophers in history like Kierkegaard…

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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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“Beyond the Suffering of Being: Desire in Giacomo Leopardi and Samuel Beckett” (Roberta Cauchi-Santoro)

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree in Doctor of Philosophy, University of West Ontario, 2013 Abstract: In this dissertation, I question critical approaches that argue for Giacomo Leopardi’s and Samuel Beckett’s pessimism and nihilism. Beckett quotes Leopardi when discussing the removal of desire in his monograph Proust, a context…

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“Gnosticismo e Niilismo em Hans Jonas: o pneumáticos gnóstico enquanto primórdio do ‘indivíduo autêntico’ existencialista” (Renzo Nery)

intuitio – Revista do PPG em Filosofia da PUC-RS Resumo: O presente trabalho tem como objetivo analisar alguns aspectos relacionais do gnosticismo dos primeiros séculos cristãos e sua relação com o niilismo moderno, por meio da “interpretação existencial do gnosticismo” de Hans Jonas. Um desses aspectos investiga o esforço intelectual do filósofo em localizar no…

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“Of Hatred and Solitude in the Works of Mary Shelley and E. M. Cioran” (Ştefan Bolea)

Philobiblon. Transylvanian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research In Humanities, XXII, 2, pp. 105-116 (2017) Abstract Despite the fact that Mary Shelley and E. M. Cioran have never been previously analyzed in the same context (they belong not only to different ages but also to divergent genres), we will find that they share at least two similar…

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“Gnosticism & Modern Nihilism” (Ioan P. Culianu)

Wo keine Göter sind, walten Gespenster. — NOVALIS 1. The Birth of Nihilism The intention here is not to summarize the debate surrounding nihilism, a concept that appeared in 1799 and continues to be a very live option. I It will suffice to sketch in a few lines the essence of this “uncanny guest” (Nietzsche)…

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“Cioran and Gnosticism” (Ciprian Sonea)

STUDIA UNIVERSITATIS BABEŞ-BOLYAI THEOLOGIA ORTODOXA, vol. 63, no. 1, June 2018 Abstract: This study presents Cioran’s relation with Gnosticism that is marked by the fragmentary and contradictory style of Romanian thinker. This is caused by the specific ambivalence signaled by the Romanian essayist, ambivalence that is affirmed by the vitalist standpoint, and negated by the…

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“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 “I was man and I no longer am now…” (E.M. Cioran, The Twilight of Thoughts) Abstract: A new philosophical and psychological concept is needed for the alienated and radically different human being according to the nihilist Romanian-French philosopher E.M. Cioran.…

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“La mort à l’ombre de la vie: essai sur le pessimisme de Cioran” (Mihai Popa)

Cercetări filosofico-psihologice, anul VIII, nr. 2, p. 109-116, Bucureşti, 2016 Death in the Shade of Life. Essay on Cioranian Pessimism. Cioran is not a nihilist. He tries, making use of poetical paradoxes, to highlight the tragic condition of human life and creation: the obsession of death conceals a burning love of life. Cioran’s work becomes,…

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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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“The Absurd and the Accedia as a major existentials in Cioran’s Udemiologic Analytics” (Vasile Chira)

REVISTA TEOLOGICA no.  97 (2015), nr. 4, p. 162-173 Abstract: The Cioran’s existentials are derivable and intelligible from nothingness with which the Roman philosopher substitute the transcendence. Nonsense of life not purely abstract notion, but a sensitive transcription of absurdity, translates to experience vertigo. This is the refutation par excellence of vertical position of the…

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“The history according to Emil Cioran” (Florin Berindeanu)

In: GRUZINSKA, Aleksandra (ed.), Essays on E. M. Cioran. Costa Mesa, CA: American Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences Publications, 1999, 222 pp. Certainly, Cioran’s work must be read as what it is, and not as it should be according to such or such interpretation. Admittedly this is an aporia that yields little interpretative exit…

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“Nihilism as Axiological Illness” (Nicolae Râmbu)

Journal of Human Values, 21(1) 64–71 © 2015 Management Centre for Human Values. SAGE Publications. Abstract: The presentation of nihilism as a phenomenon integrated in the category of illnesses is very common in the scientific literature. This paper is centered on the fact that nihilism is a major disease of the axiological conscience, an illness…

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“Foundations of the nihilism-saintliness concerning Cioran’s thoughtfulness” (Marius Cucu)

Annals of “Ştefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, 53, 2008. 2008. Marius Cucu, Assistant, PhD, Depart. of Philosophy and Social and Political Sciences Faculty of History and Geography, “Ştefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Romania Abstract: 1. The nihilist ascending lines of the saintliness and the emotional reorientation imposed by the divine erotica 2. An…

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“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…

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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…

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“The problem of transcendence at Cioran” (Vasile Chira)

Blogul lui VASILE CHIRA, August 5, 2010 The Cioranian oeuvre bears the reputation of a completely unsystematic articulation. In spite of this character, which is mainly due to the preference Cioran has shown for the fragment and to the aphoristic form the expression of his obsessions has described – his work has yet several unifying coordinates, which…

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