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Bataille and the Neanderthal Extinction

Georges Bataille and Contemporary Thought

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The Accursed Share extends a fascination with paleo-anthropology already evident in Bataille’s work from the early 1930s and intensified by his book and series of articles and lectures prompted by the discovery of the cave paintings...

Introduction

Will Stronge

Will Stronge is Associate Lecturer in philosophy at University of Western England, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Georges Bataille and Contemporary Thought

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...How are we to understand the corpus of Bataille today? How can we extricate his own perspective from the welter of interpretations of his work that have accumulated over the years? The difficulty of this endeavour is exacerbated by the fact...

Bataille’s Nature: On (Not) Having One’s Feet on the Ground

Georges Bataille and Contemporary Thought

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...In The Accursed Share, and in various early drafts that date back to the late 1930s, Georges Bataille seeks as we know to develop a systematic theory and history of what, in 1949, he calls the ‘general economy’. He proposes what he sees...

Guilty, Capable, Extravagant, Dialectic

Georges Bataille and Contemporary Thought

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Anger, laughter, obscenity: economies of expenditure.This text is an extract from a more extensive study on the ‘Picasso-economy’ in the texts of Georges Bataille and Carl Einstein. It appeared in Revue des Deux Mondes (May 2012): 152–65...
...Neoplatonism In an excerpt from his 1939 introduction to several practical proposals worthy of those means possessed by the College of Sociology, Bataille begins by saying that one of the best established results of ‘the efforts man has...

Georges Bataille as a Thinker of Statehood: A Relational and Materialist Approach

Georges Bataille and Contemporary Thought

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Turning to Georges Bataille’s thought to understand contemporary transformations of statehood is not an obvious gesture. It may even seem incongruous to resort to this French avant-garde theorist, literary critic, mystic and philosopher...

Useless Practices in Sacred Spaces: Bataille’s Elegance and the Aesthetics of Sovereignty

Georges Bataille and Contemporary Thought

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...A concern for elegance is always connected to waste.Georges Bataille, The Unfinished System of Nonknowledge, trans. Stuart Kendall. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004, 6. Georges Bataille, The Unfinished System...

‘The Only Real Outlaws’: Animal Freedom in Bataille

Oxana Timofeeva

Oxana Timofeeva is Professor in Philosophy at the Department of Political Sciences and Sociology, European University in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Georges Bataille and Contemporary Thought

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Man, despite appearances, must know that when he talks about human dignity in the presence of animals, he lies like a dog. For in the presence of illegal and essentially free beings (the only real outlaws) the stupid feeling of practical...

The Politics of Excess and Restraint: Reading Bataille alongside and against Accelerationism

Georges Bataille and Contemporary Thought

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The final chapter of The Accursed Share raises a major question about the possible transition to a post-capitalist society. Bataille rhetorically asks ‘What would be the meaning of a destruction of capitalism that would be at the same time...

Bataille and the Left Pole of the Sacred

Georges Bataille and Contemporary Thought

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Sacred things are constituted by an operation of loss.G. Bataille, ‘The Notion of Expenditure’, in Visions of Excess: Selected Writings 1927–1939, ed. and trans. A. Stoekl. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1985, 119. G. Bataille,...