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Bataille S Peak

Author : Allan Stoekl
ISBN : 0816648190
Genre : Philosophy
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As the price of oil climbs toward $100 a barrel, our impending post-fossil fuel future appears to offer two alternatives: a bleak existence defined by scarcity and sacrifice or one in which humanity places its faith in technological solutions with unforeseen consequences. Are there other ways to imagine life in an era that will be characterized by resource depletion? The French intellectual Georges Bataille saw energy as the basis of all human activity--the essence of the human--and he envisioned a society that, instead of renouncing profligate spending, would embrace a more radical type of energy expenditure: la dépense, or "spending without return." In Bataille's Peak, Allan Stoekl demonstrates how a close reading of Bataille--in the wake of Giordano Bruno and the Marquis de Sade-- can help us rethink not only energy and consumption, but also such related topics as the city, the body, eroticism, and religion. Through these cases, Stoekl identifies the differences between waste, which Bataille condemned, and expenditure, which he celebrated. The challenge of living in the twenty-first century, Stoekl argues, will be to comprehend--without recourse to austerity and self-denial--the inevitable and necessary shift from a civilization founded on waste to one based on Bataillean expenditure. Allan Stoekl is professor of French and comparative literature at Penn State University. He is the author of Agonies of the Intellectual: Commitment, Subjectivity, and the Performative in the Twentieth-Century French Tradition and translator of Bataille's Visions of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939 (Minnesota, 1985).
Category: Philosophy
Bataille's Peak
Language: en
Pages: 247
Authors: Allan Stoekl
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007 - Publisher:

As the price of oil climbs toward $100 a barrel, our impending post-fossil fuel future appears to offer two alternatives: a bleak existence defined by scarcity and sacrifice or one in which humanity places its faith in technological solutions with unforeseen consequences. Are there other ways to imagine life in
Marquis de Sade and Continental Philosophy
Language: en
Pages: 232
Authors: Lauwaert Lode Lauwaert
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-03-21 - Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

He might be best known for sex and violence, but Lode Lauwaert shows that the Marquis du Sade sits at a crossroads of surprisingly disparate branches of western culture: abstract art, Tom and Jerry, gnosticism, Kant's moral philosophy, romanticism, scholasticism, stoicism and more. To explore these links, Lauwaert reads six
Eclipse of Action
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Richard Halpern
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-03-13 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

According to traditional accounts, the history of tragedy is itself tragic: following a miraculous birth in fifth-century Athens and a brilliant resurgence in the early modern period, tragic drama then falls into a marked decline. While disputing the notion that tragedy has died, this wide-ranging study argues that it faces
Georges Bataille
Language: en
Pages: 220
Authors: Mark Hewson, Marcus Coelen
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-12-14 - Publisher: Routledge

Georges Bataille (1897 - 1962) was a philosopher, writer, and literary critic whose work has had a significant impact across disciplines as diverse as philosophy, sociology, economics, art history and literary criticism, as well as influencing key figures in post-modernist and post-structuralist philosophy such as Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault.
Georges Bataille
Language: en
Pages: 156
Authors: William Pawlett
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-07-24 - Publisher: Routledge

In this comprehensive and engaging study Georges Bataille’s central ideas – the sacred, community and eroticism – are explored in detail. Bataille’s project to understand social bonds and energies at their most fundamental level and to re-energise society by challenging individualism is argued to be of continuing relevance to sociological