Cioran and Gnosticism

  • Ciprian Sonea


This study presents Cioran’s relation with Gnosticism that is marked by the fragmentary and contradictory style of Romanian thinker. This is caused by the specific ambivalence signaled by the Romanian essayist, ambivalence that is affirmed by the vitalist standpoint, and negated by the nihilist standpoint. The theoretical contradiction is a repercussion of Cioran’s way of approaching to the essence of life marked by the irrational and to the knowledge that is both, at the same time, a privilege and a hex. Therefore, from the nihilist point of view, that of an apologist of decomposition and desperation, Cioran can rightfully be associated with Gnosticism. On the other hand, many of his ideas describe, at the same time, an Agnostic outline. From the vitalist and fervent point of view, Cioran is represented as a strong enemy of gnosis. When he defames existence and history, he can be considered a Gnostic, and when we take into account the fervor for our world delusion and appearances, he is situated at the opposite pole of Gnosticism.

Keywords: Cioran, Gnosticism, creation, demigod, knowledge, nihilism.

How to Cite
SONEA, Ciprian. Cioran and Gnosticism. Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Theologia Orthodoxa, [S.l.], v. 63, n. 1, p. 129–142, june 2018. ISSN 2065-9474. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 07 mar. 2021. doi:
Theology and Philosophy