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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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Kyle Crawley
Aug 19, 2015 Kyle Crawley rated it it was ok
After reading 'Inner Experience', this book was a bit of a let-down. Bataille is critical of his earlier book, and spends much time defending himself against accusations of mysticism. However, these 'mystical' moments were what I liked best about 'Inner Experience', moments that were almost non-existent in 'The Unfinished System'.

The book had many incomplete, trivial, and unedited sections from Bataille's unpublished notebooks, which did little to enhance my intrigue in Bataille's thought. It a
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May 18, 2011 Phil rated it it was amazing
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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Brian
I don’t even know how to review this book: it’s displaced somewhere between nonsense and profundity. I’ve been reading Bataille’s oeuvre for over a year now, which has been leading me down a theoretical (literary, political, post-modern, philosophical) path that only becomes more complex as I continue to read more Bataille and other theorists that develop different systems of thought and propose radical questions. What is difficult about The Unfinished System of Nonknowledge is that it challenge ...more
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I'll have to get me, the full edition, stm later..
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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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