5. Emile Cioran: coming after not as a parodist, but as an inheritor
‘’There is no one Cioran. There is no one thinker who emerges from a reading and a comprehension that belongs fatally to time and space, the destined conditions of human existence’’220.
“The stigma of modern time is the feeling of belatedness, of the splin or regret of not being born before the splendid precursors (by this fact of birth to avoid the dependence of the late coming), the psychological nervousness begins with the first step of the clinamen, of a stubborn intention of the late poet to give a voice to personal visions. The clinamen envisages the double bind, the rigid combinations of the oppositions not reduced to one another: The double bind is only the beginning of the process, not its final characteristic: “In so far as a poet is and remains a poet, he must exclude and negate other poets”, says Bloom. “Yet he must begin by including and affirming a precursor poet or poets, for there is no other way to become a poet221”.
“There is in Cioran, a smiling playfulness, a farcicality, a perverse enjoyment which comes with the illusion of bestowing truths on reality, truths which are never more than superficiality and arbitrariness. These are truths that make us contemptuous. These are clownish truths that are serious only for those who have lost the sense of impish perversity and humour222”.
The primary aim of the fifth chapter is to discuss the philosophical writing of Emile Cioran, a Romanian-French 20th...
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