Georges Bataille was a French cultural theorist and philosopher who wrote widely in a number of fields that included anthropology, sociology, art, economics, erotic literature and religion. Bataille’s influences were many and disparate, and included the anthropological studies of Emile Durkheim and Marcel Mauss; the writings of mystics such as St. John of the Cross; the works of various philosophers including Hegel and Nietzsche; and the psychoanalytic work of Freud. This chapter analyses the main ideas in Bataille’s thought by considering his influences, affiliations and theoretical formulations. One of Bataille’s central contributions to a-theological thinking is the centrality of the sacred in modern life. Written in the 1940s and published posthumously, Theory of Religion provides an important account of Bataille’s account of the sacred. Bataille was involved in a number of fringe left-wing political and cultural organizations. Bataille extrapolates from concepts in Alexandre Kojeve’s interpretation of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, but puts those concepts to radically different ends.
|Title of host publication||Religion and European Philosophy|
|Subtitle of host publication||Thinkers from Kant to Žižek|
|Editors||Philip Goodchild , Hollis Phelps|
|Number of pages||13|
|ISBN (Print)||9781138188525, 9781138188532|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Apr 2017|