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The Unfinished System of Nonknowledge

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A deft reconstruction of what Georges Bataille envisioned as a continuation of his work La Somme Athéologique, this volume brings together the writings of one of the foremost French thinkers of the twentieth century on the central topic of his oeuvre. Gathering Bataille’s most intimate writings, these essays, aphorisms, notes, and lectures on nonknowledge, sovereignty, and ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 15th 2004 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 2001)
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Phil
This book is a testimony to the vast influence that Bataille had within French thought. There are many things about this particular volume that one could take fault with, but from my perspective this book has three levels of relevance:

First of all, it shows to what extent Bataille was able to captivate. You find within these pages significant men of letters of widely varying aesthetics from a late surrealist Bréton, an early existential Sartre, to even early Oulipo with Queneau. A simple charla
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M.
This collection is literally perfect. I explain it to people as a sort of follow up to Visions of Excess, though really it's even better than that because it's more effuse from the time that Bataille's somme atheologique was written (which is the specific part of Bataille's oeuvre that I'm most obsessed with). "Method of Meditation" being, perhaps, one of the most unknown yet important Bataille essays ever (it's like honestly the coalescing moment of the entire somme atheologique), and also "Aph ...more
Dhandayutha
Was this writing an exploration of sovereignty vs servitude?. I will update the review soon.
Don Socha
Read this for the Bird Papers. I've lots to say about it and will... soon.
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French essayist, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the "metaphysician of evil." Bataille was interested in sex, death, degradation, and the power and potential of the obscene. He rejected traditional literature and considered that the ultimate aim of all intellectual, artistic, or religious activity should be the annihilation of the rational individual in a violent, transcendental ...more
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