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His is a journey marked by the questioning of experience itself, until what is reached is sovereign laughter, non-knowledge, and a Presence in no way distinct from Absence, where "The mind moves in a strange world where anguish and ecstasy coexist."
Paperback, 244 pages
Published April 7th 1988 by State University of New York Press (first published 1943)
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Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you're not familiar with how Hegel, Nietzsche and Marx are connected and how the ideological hegemony of the bourgeois era needs to be transcended before one can fully grasp the freedom of individual sovereignty and make the social revolution, you may not have a clue about what Bataille is working towards with INNER EXPERIENCE. My suggestion is to get a shaman to help you navigate a heavy psychedelic experience AFTER reading and fully grasping Marx's VALUE, PRICE AND PROFIT, Hegel's Introduct ...more
History is little more than the myriad activities of religions, empires and states that are ultimately built on channeling / cannibalizing / controlling human interiority. Bataille doesn't want to control inner experience, he wants to set it free.
No one, not even Bataille, knows exactly what that means.
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emotion, europe
Not lucid. But very lucid.
Reminded me of Blue of Noon a lot of times throughout the pages. The two books seemed like a verification of each other.
Aveugle Vogel
"leaves an eye, free of the sand, strangely open"
Nov 02, 2014 added it
I find that inner experience is a movement toward not a singular experience, but a communal experience situated beyond discourse and any intellectual project. Bataille is one of the 20th century's most thought provoking thinkers and "Inner Experience" is perhaps one of the most important writings from the interwar period of Europe, being published in 1943. By and large, "Inner Experience" is a poetic meditation dealing with individual insufficiency. Impotent and stupid humanity is always trying ...more
Víctor Sampayo
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libro verdaderamente raro, no sólo por la exploración de las emociones interiores que emprende Bataille, sino por lo difícil que es conseguirlo hoy en día, al menos acá en México. Ahí vemos, desde una óptica subjetiva (es decir, desde experiencias personales y una posterior lectura a la luz de alguna teoría nacida de esa misma experiencia), la función de la felicidad, el éxtasis, la melancolía, el dolor, el tiempo y su influencia en la percepción humana, la fe, entre otras, así como su posterior ...more
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Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This writing is the echoes of a cry. A cry of anguish, of the human that is bound and binding in its humanity, its thought, its knowledge. It cries out from the depths of itself, from out of alterity - the cry to the other to sacrifice themselves as well, and so communicate some difference, something subversive that discourse cannot convey. The passion over the guilt of humanity, the oppression that we are, and that empties us. An exigency for sacrifice rends us from within, and we cannot but cr ...more
Yasemin Şahin
İç Deney Bataille'nin deyimi ile bir nevi -iç deneyim- elbette.
Nietzsche'nin Tanrı öldü nidasına ses vermiş ve bunun üzerinden gitmiş bir felsefecidir Bataille. Bu kitabı yine farklı bir zamanda tekrar okunması gerekenler listesine ekliyorum. Kesinlikle es geçilmemelidir.
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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 poetry introduces the strange, it does so by means of the familiar. The poetic is the familiar dissolving into the strange, and ourselves wit it. It never dispossesses us entirely, for the words, the images (once dissolved) are charged with emotions already experienced, attached to objects which link them to the known.” 10 likes
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