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Hailed by Martin Heidegger as "one of France's best minds," Georges Bataille has become increasingly recognized and respected in the realm of academic and popular intellectual thought. Although Bataille died in 1962, interest in his life and writings have never been as strong as they are today--Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, and Kristeva have all acknowledge...more
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Published August 27th 1998 by Paragon House (first published July 1st 1992)
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In terms of my interest, I'd place it between Inner Experience (3 Stars) and Guilty (5 Stars). A little bit of distance back from the project of mysticism allows Bataille to reveal what it is he's after, and it is, I suppose, an ontological system? It's not Hegel or Kant, it's entirely Bataille... I'm less concerned with understanding the system as I am with knowing the system, which I think I do...

Also, Bataille directly addresses the war in here, whereas it's just hinted at in Inner Experienc...more
This is almost scary. Georges Bataille's collection of essays on one of his great heroes, Herr Nietzsche. An overlooked man of letters in my opinion. And Bataille himself is not exactly overlooked, but seriously needs to be read and studied.
Peyman Gh
باتای اندیشه هاش مرتبط با دیدگاه نیچه ای و دوسادی هست. حتما این رو هم بخونید
Mar 17, 2014 inverted_a added it
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Oh George, you really loved your master, didn't you?
Standing with GUILTY and INNER EXPERIENCE, ON NIETZSCHE is another one of Bataille's philosophical memoirs. He works through the isolated desperation of the War, separation from lovers, and his own psychic struggles in these pages. Using Nietzsche as the push off point, Bataille does a considerable bit of heavy lifting. Always looking to lacerate himself to the limits of experience and ecstasy, he mediates on how intoxicating the nonknowledge of nothingness binds and liberates him. Time and memo...more
Read this if you don't want to think. Bataille takes chance to be a 'key theme' inhabiting Nietzsche's work. By chance Bataille means non-goal oriented activity. Anything done for the sake of a goal is a project. Anything done without any reason at all is chance. The will to power is not the will to consume or the will to expand one's influence. The will to power, Bataille claims, is the will to live and live for no external goals at all. But this is problematic for as soon as our goal is to 'li...more
Cary Aurand
Sep 30, 2007 Cary Aurand rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: philosphers, artists, disheartened academics
battaille completely grasps the transgressive nature of philosophy. it has to be dangerous, it has to make you uncomfortable. in on nietzsche he defines the will to power as the will to evil, the will to transgress. not to say that we should go around raping and pillaging, but to transgress against ourselves, against time. thought, and life, should never be constrained.
Torn (lacerated?) between giving this 3 and 4 stars. On one hand, a truly honest attempt to understand and communicate, with some great insights and moments of beauty. On the other, a bit of a slog, stylistically. In the end, worth the time and effort spent. His concepts of chance and risk were especially enriching.
"We were like a meadow about to be drenched by rain--vulnerable under wan skies. We had only one choice: to lift our glasses to our lips, drink softly of the immense gentleness of the turbulence of things."

"Sun, clouds. Women all dressed up, looking like a gray day. The sun naked under the clouds"
Definitely a fun, aphoristic read. Bataille doesn't really seem to be too keen on explaining the logical connections between his claims, but I suppose that part of his point is that one shouldn't have to be.
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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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“If I want to realize totality in my consciousness, I have to relate myself to an immense, ludicrous, and painful convulsion of all of humanity.” 1 likes
“Pathetic creatures on their knees...
Tirelessly, naively repeating,
"Don't take our word for it! Alas, we're not all that logical. We say God–though in reality God is a person, a particular individual. We speak to him. We address him by name–he is the God of Abraham and Jacob. We treat him just like anybody else, like a personal being..."
"So he's a whore?”
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