Georges Bataille

Overview

This is the first book in English to offer an accessible intorduction to the work of Georges Bataille, recognized as one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. Bataille developed a complex philosophy based upon an examination of the interplay between death and eroticism. For him, eroticism was the foundation of human experience and provided sharp insight into the basis of human society and the individual's response to society. The theories of Bataille, although largely neglected during his lifetime, ...
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Overview

This is the first book in English to offer an accessible intorduction to the work of Georges Bataille, recognized as one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. Bataille developed a complex philosophy based upon an examination of the interplay between death and eroticism. For him, eroticism was the foundation of human experience and provided sharp insight into the basis of human society and the individual's response to society. The theories of Bataille, although largely neglected during his lifetime, have grown in influence during the last 30 years--first in France and more recently in Britain and the US, where they have often been associated with the rise of post-structuralism and postmodernism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415098410
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/21/1994
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Life and context of work 18
3 Themes and intellectual background 23
4 Towards a sociology of abundance 40
5 Expenditure and the general economy 67
6 Death, communication and the experience of limits 97
Suggestions for further reading 133
Notes 135
Bibliography 143
Name index 145
Subject index 147
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