Inner Experience

ISBN-10: 0887066356

ISBN-13: 9780887066351

Edition: 1988

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 4/7/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682

Georges Bataille was a French poet, novelist, and philosopher. He was born in Billon, Puy-de-Dome, in central France on September 10, 1897. His father was already blind and paralyzed from syphilis when Bataille was born. In 1915, Bataille's father died, his mind destroyed by his illness. The death marked his son for life. While working at the Bibliotheque National in Paris during the 1920s, Bataille underwent psychoanalysis and became involved with some of the intellectuals in the Surrealist movement, from whom he learned the concept of incongruous imagery in art. In 1946 he founded the journal Critique, which published the early work of some of his contemporaries in French intellectual life, including Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida. Bataille believed that in the darkest moments of human existence-in orgiastic sex and terrible death-lay ultimate reality. By observing them and even by experiencing them, actually in sex and vicariously in death, he felt that one could come as close as possible to fully experiencing life in all its dimensions. Bataille's works include The Naked Beast at Heaven's Gate (1956), A Tale of Satisfied Desire (1953), Death and Sensuality: A Study of Eroticism and the Taboo (1962), and The Birth of Art: Prehistoric Painting (1955). Bataille died in Paris on July 8, 1962.

Acknowledgments
Translator's Introduction
Preface
Sketch of an Introduction to Inner Experience
Critique of dogmatic servitude (and of mysticism)
Experience, sole authority, sole value
Principles of a method and a community
The Torment
Antecedents to the Torment (or the Comedy)
I want to carry my person to the pinnacle
Death is in a sense an imposture
The blue of noon
The labyrinth (or constitution of beings) "Communication"
Post-Scriptum to the Torment (or the New Mystical Theology)
God
Descartes
Hegel
Ecstasy
Fortune
Nietzsche
Manibus Date Lilia Plenis
Gloria in excelsis mihi
God
Notes
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