The Benefits of Being a Suicidal Curmudgeon: Emil Cioran on Killing Yourself

Southwest Philosophy Review 37 (1):219-228 (2021)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Emil Cioran offers novel arguments against suicide. He assumes a meaningless world. But in such a world, he argues, suicide and death would be equally as meaningless as life or anything else. Suicide and death are as cumbersome and useless as meaning and life. Yet Cioran also argues that we should contemplate suicide to live better lives. By contemplating suicide, we confront the deep suffering inherent in existence. This humbles us enough to allow us to change even the deepest aspects of ourselves. Yet it also reminds us that our peculiar human ability—being able to contemplate suicide—sets us above anything else in nature or in the heavens. This paper assembles and defends a view of suicide written about in Cioran’s aphorisms and essays.

Links

PhilArchive

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2021-07-19

Downloads
90 (#135,005)

6 months
32 (#34,917)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

Glenn Trujillo
Vanderbilt University (PhD)
Glenn Trujillo
University of Texas at El Paso

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references