Inner Experience

ISBN-10: 1438452365
ISBN-13: 9781438452364
Edition: 2014
List price: $26.96
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Description: Outlines a mystical theology and experience of the sacred founded on the absence of god.

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List price: $26.96
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 9/1/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 317
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Outlines a mystical theology and experience of the sacred founded on the absence of god.

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.

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