By E. M. Cioran

ISBN-10: 1611453070

ISBN-13: 9781611453072

E. M. Cioran lived at the margins of the trendy global. Like his pals Beckett and Ionesco, he stood except all of the legit trappings of his selected medium of philosophy. now not for the reason that Nietzsche has a philosopher published 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 feedback, “You fraternize with Emil Cioran at your peril, however it is the type of chance that retains you alive."

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While such a critique of male-dominant culture is powerful, it can be interpreted in different ways and accordingly gives rise to different forms of ecological feminism and radical feminism. On the basis of assimilation to certain characteristics of radical feminism, ecological feminism is both critiqued and stereotyped. Radical feminist cultural critiques have suffered from various problems: they often assume women’s oppression to be the foundational form of oppression from which all others are derived; the denial of the feminine is conceived as the origin point of the distortion of culture.

As I show in chapter 2, dualism is a process in which power forms identity, one which distorts both sides of what it splits apart, the master and the slave, the coloniser and the colonised, the sadist and the masochist, the egoist and the self-abnegating altruist, the masculine and the feminine, human and nature. But if this is so, clearly we cannot resolve the problem by a simple strategy of reversal, affirming the slave’s character or culture, for this character as it stands is not an independently constituted nature, but equally represents a distortion.

Feminine ‘closeness to nature’ has hardly been a compliment. There are, however, many traps for feminists in extracting themselves from this problematic. Both rationality and nature have a confusing array of meanings; in most of these meanings reason contrasts systematically with nature in one of its many senses. Nature, as the excluded and devalued contrast of reason, includes the emotions, the body, the passions, animality, the primitive or uncivilised, the nonhuman world, matter, physicality and sense experience, as well as the sphere of irrationality, of faith and of madness.

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