Erotism. Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality- Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often. Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality-Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective. Mark Price uncovers an urgent, thrusting book about love, sex, death and spirituality by Georges Bataille.

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You can read four articles free per month. To have complete access to the thousands of philosophy articles on this site, please. Almost fifty years have passed since the publication of this remarkable book Editions de Minuit, Why read the relatively obscure Bataille now? Perhaps the speed at which a thinker becomes canonical is an index of how baaille their thought changes anything.

The anti-humanism of Bataille was then and is now beyond the pale for many readers. It is not that Bataille is a second- or third-rate thinker. Rather his thought was simply too disruptive, and even when he was alive his mixed and virulent output had something of the character of an unburied corpse. Eroticism is amongst the most important works of one of the most stimulating and neglected French thinkers of the Twentieth century.

Btaille contemporary French thought is as difficult but ultimately harmless to assimilate ggeorges a tencourse tofu banquet. Earlier texts such as GuiltyInner Experience and On Nietzsche are to say the least challenging, even to the most sympathetic readers.


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Broadly speaking, Bataille is a programmatic though not a systematic thinker. But his programme is self-avowedly impossible.

This impossible project involves examining those blindingly over-lit or twilight points at which theorization collapses or dissolves into seizure, sobbing, fugue, orgasm, or the scream of anguish. Unlike Hegelian reflections upon the logical constitution of the limit, Bataille is primarily concerned with the somatic limits of experience and theorizations thereof.

It is not our habits or their disruptions which make us human, Bataille contends, for animals seem to exhibit as much: But that is merely the surface: It is the habitually desired balances and equally habitually desired transgressions of those habits that makes human embodiment so uncanny pp.

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The impurity of this book will no doubt offend the sensibilities of many academics, whatever their stance on the value of interdisciplinarity. This is the positive catastrophe of Eroticism and indeed, of eroticism. From the inside of any hygienically constituted discipline, Bataille is a transgression which shores up the norm. It amounts to nothing less than an incitement to the pursuit of non-utile work.

The production of a book which is literally good-for-nothing except perhaps the de-commodification of knowledge is about as deatb an idea as could be fielded in the free democracies of latecapitalism. Throughout Eroticism one senses the suppressed and distant noises of a titanic battle between Nietzsche and Hegel.


Both are mentioned, the former more or less in passing p. Hence my claim that Eroticism is a difficult text despite its deceptively straightforward and conversational tone.

Yet in a way this failure or, refusal to make explicit any kind of harmonic synthesis between his approaches to the impossible non- object of his enquiry is entirely appropriate for an attempt at understanding the nature of radical disruption.

The extent to which one considers his bricolage enlightening may ultimately be undecidable on theoretical principles alone. Anybody interested in the darker side of the arts, social sciences and humanities, or who erotiem interested in destroying their lives as utile subjects should read this book.

Mark Douglas Price recently completed a PhD thesis on the role of violence in post-Kantian philosophy.

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