- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: SUNY Press (1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887066356
- ISBN-13: 978-0887066351
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
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Inner Experience (SUNY Series Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory)
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English readers will now be able to appreciate what many consider Bataille s finest work, undoubtedly one of the outstanding texts of modern French writing, just as they will be able to fill a major gap in the history of post-structuralist thought. Whereas Bataille may be the acknowledged forefather of such figures as Barthes, Foucault, and Derrida, this centrality is often not appreciated by American admirers of the latter. Michele Richman, University of Pennsylvania
I consider the publication in English of Inner Experience to be of great importance and long overdue. It is only recently that many have come to recognize Bataille s profound influence on a number of the most important contemporary French thinkers such as Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, and Kristeva an influence much more important than that of existentialists such as Sartre or Camus. Allan Stoekl, Yale University
We receive these hazy illusions like a narcotic necessary to bear life. But what happens to us when, disintoxicated, we learn what we are? Lost among babblers in a night in which we can only hate the appearance of light which comes from babbling. The self-acknowledged suffering of the disintoxicated is the subject of this book. Georges Bataille, from the Preface"
"English readers will now be able to appreciate what many consider Bataille's finest work, undoubtedly one of the outstanding texts of modern French writing, just as they will be able to fill a major gap in the history of post-structuralist thought. Whereas Bataille may be the acknowledged forefather of such figures as Barthes, Foucault, and Derrida, this centrality is often not appreciated by American admirers of the latter." -- Michele Richman, University of Pennsylvania
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Essentially, as I've understood him, Heidegger interprets Dasein (Being-there) as "Project". Dasein can only be understood in the context of the meaningful activity that it involves itself with/finds itself absorbed in ="Project", as in a project that one/an individual "works on". Bataille, through a sustained exploration of "Project", shows how "Project" itself can be understood to be a kind of negation of the intensity of being. As I've read Bataille, the crucial thing is to find a way to approach intolerability. To "be" (for Bataille) means to "be intense", and to "be intense" means to "approach intolerabiliy". Instead of looking for an "Equipmental Totality" (Heidegger) to plug intolerable experiences into, we instead let them overpower us.
I'd also like to emphasize that engagement with Heidegger is just a small part of Bataille's thought, and that there is nowhere better to become acquainted with Bataille than "Inner Experience".
So, it seems to me that he is saying that to accept one's insufficiency without trying to change it, without working to improve oneself, or to raise oneself, and so on, is the hatred of salvation. As such, he is implying that salvation is something that we are all inclined to seek, in a sense which is not really differentiated from the religious sense of salvation.
Bataille saw it as positive to become satiated and thereby gain the means from the idea of salvation to save oneself, since investing in transcendence alone robs us of our sovereignty as individuals: he preferred the formula: "The fall from grace is everlasting". This is the position of those who do not have contempt for the reality of the here and now, but one has to attempt the summit in order to appreciate the satiety of the decline.