The Sunday of the Negative: Reading Bataille Reading Hegel (Suny Series in Hegelian Studies)

The Sunday of the Negative: Reading Bataille Reading Hegel (Suny Series in Hegelian Studies)

Christopher M. Gemerchak

A complete philosophical advent to the idea of Georges Bataille.

Although frequently thought of an esoteric determine occupying the darkish fringes of twentieth-century suggestion, Georges Bataille used to be a pivotal precursor to a iteration of poststructuralist and postmodern thinkers—including Baudrillard, Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, and Lyotard. The Sunday of the Negative offers the main huge English-language research of Bataille's serious therapy of the concept of Hegel, concentrating on the notions of subjectivity, hope, self-consciousness, wisdom, and the event of the divine. The ebook spans all of Bataille's writings, patiently navigating even the main imprecise texts. the writer explains how Bataille's proposal of self-consciousness either derives from, and is a substitute for, that of Hegel. Disclosing the origins of Bataille's such a lot influential techniques, the booklet strikes throughout philosophy right to incorporate reflections on anthropology, economics, cultural feedback, poetry, eroticism, mysticism, and religion.

“I am inspired with the author's cautious, transparent expertise of the variety of Bataille's paintings, and via the readability with which Bataille—a author who famously eludes clarification—is defined all through. Bataille's flaws and bounds are addressed with no both easy condemnation or apologies.” — Karmen MacKendrick, writer of Immemorial Silence

“Gemerchak is ready to tease out the very rigorous philosophy of finitude that underpins Bataille's discourse on transgression. through taking Bataille heavily as a thinker, Gemerchak has not just supplied a context for Bataille's theories, he has additionally printed Bataille's real stature as some of the most major thinkers of the 20th century.” — Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, writer of Lacan: absolutely the Master

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