The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism

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Routledge, 2002 - Social Science - 248 pages
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An important literary and philosophical figure, Georges Bataille has had a significant influence on other French writers, such as Foucault, Derrida and Baudrillard. The Thirst for Annihilation is the first book in English to respond to Bataille's writings. In no way, though, is Nick Land's book an attempt to appropriate Bataille's writings to a secular intelligibility or to compromise with the aridity of academic discourse - rather, it is written as a communion . Theoretical issues in philosophy, sociology, psychodynamics, politics and poetry are discussed, but only as stepping stones into the deep water of textual sacrifice where words pass over into the broken voice of death. Cultural modernity is diagnosed down to its Kantian bedrock with its transcendental philosophy of the object, but Bataille's writings cut violently across this tightly disciplined reading to reveal the strong underlying currents that bear us towards chaos and dissolution - the violent impulse to escape, the thirst for annihilation.
 

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Contents

1 The death of sound philosophy
1
2 The curse of the sun
19
3 Transgression
41
4 Easter
53
5 Dead God
57
6 The rage of jealous time
65
7 Fanged noumenon passion of the cyclone
74
8 Fluent bodies a digression on Miller
86
9 Aborting the human race
95
10 The labyrinth
114
11 Inconclusive communication
131
Notes
151
Name index
154
Bibliography
157
Subject Index
161
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