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The Temptation to Exist Paperback – July 20, 1998
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This one serves as a great accompaniment to such mind bending works as: The Supreme Identity, by Alan Watts; Rebels and Devils, edited by Christopher S. Hyatt Ph.D.; and anything by Nietzsche.
This book is a powerhouse of essays. The only thing I can disagree with are Cioran's opinions, and even then I am merely naive. I have little right to criticize him otherwise: to give these ... singular essays, these pages fertile with cerebral energy, this relentless gnawing at obstructing myth... to give it a spit in the face with my insignificant Amazon.com review? Well it would be unfathomable insolence! If, on the other hand, I seem hopelessly reverent toward Cioran... well, ya got me.
This book isn't for casual reading while on the can or in the dentist's office waiting to get drilled. The Cartesian reference, cogito ergo sum, is here pressed in a book and displayed in bad taste with the "seductions of thinking"... but that's just a crumb of what you'll find.
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Cioran has neither the brevity and precision of a successful poet nor the intellectual rigour and integrity of an original philosophical thinker... Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by LW Albinski
Cioran is quite an interesting character but this book is not for everyone and, in fact, not for very many. Read morePublished on January 12, 2008 by RS