All Gall is Divided: The Aphorisms of a Legendary Iconoclast by E. M. Cioran

By E. M. Cioran

E. M. Cioran lived at the margins of the trendy international. Like his neighbors Beckett and Ionesco, he stood except the entire professional trappings of his selected medium of philosophy. now not given that Nietzsche has a philosopher printed himself so significantly. All Gall is split is a breviary of estrangement that rejoices within the contradictions and confusions of human destiny. As his translator Richard Howard comments, “You fraternize with Emil Cioran at your peril, however it is the type of chance that retains you alive."

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G. strategy, economics, rhetoric; now, since politics uses the rest o f the sciences, and since, again, it legislates as to what we are to do and what we are to abstain from , the end o f this science m ust include those of the others, so that this end must be the good for man. (tr. Ross, 1 0 9 4 al8 —1094b7) This tension, according to which the philosophical concept of politics is both subordinate to metaphysics and superior to it, could be followed throughout the tradition in various form s: the relation between law and being, ought and is, theory and praxis, knowledge and action and so on, could be said to derive from this split in philosophy’s understanding of itself and its relation to its usually reproachful other.

Will not the knowledge of it, then, have a great influence on life? Shall we not, like archers who have a mark to aim at, be m ore likely to hit upon what is right? If so, we must try, in outline at least, to determ ine what it is, and o f which of the sciences or capacities it is the object. It would seem to belong to the m ost authoritative art and that which is m ost truly the m aster art. g. strategy, economics, rhetoric; now, since politics uses the rest o f the sciences, and since, again, it legislates as to what we are to do and what we are to abstain from , the end o f this science m ust include those of the others, so that this end must be the good for man.

A decision worthy of its name thus takes place in a situation o f radical indecision or o f undecidability of the case in question in term s o f any rules for judging it. The decision m ust therefore involve a measure of invention, and that invention entails both an uncertainty and the affirmative projection o f a future. A decision is like a performative which has both to perform and to invent the rules according to which it might, after the event o f its perform ance, be received as ‘happy’ .

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