Georges Bataille


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Georges Albert Maurice Victor Bataille (10 September 1897 – 9 July 1962) was a French intellectual and literary figure working in literature, anthropology, philosophy, economy, sociology and history of art. Eroticism, sovereignty, and transgression are at the core of his writings. more »

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  • ''Naturally, love's the most distant possibility.''
    Georges Bataille (1897-1962), French novelist, critic. "Alleluia," vol. 2, sect. 4, La Somme Athéologique, Guilty (1944).
  • ''The essence of morality is a questioning about morality; and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil.''
    Georges Bataille (1897-1962), French novelist, critic. repr. In Denis Hollier, On Bataille, "The Duallist Materialism of Georges Bataille," ed. Allan ...
  • ''Eroticism is assenting to life even in death.''
    Georges Bataille (1897-1962), French novelist, critic. Eroticism, introduction (1957).
  • ''Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.''
    Georges Bataille (1897-1962), French novelist, critic. Eroticism, ch. 13 (1962).
  • ''A judgment about life has no meaning except the truth of the one who speaks last, and the mind is at ease only at the moment when everyone is shouting at once and no one can hear a thing.''
    Georges Bataille (1897-1962), French novelist, critic. L'Abbé C, pt. 2, ch. 17 (1950).
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