Bataille, Georges

Georges Bataille (1897–1962), born in France of an agnostic family and a syphilitic father, was fascinated by the two World Wars he witnessed as well as by religion. As a teenager, he converted to Catholicism and considered monasticism before repudiating his faith in the early 1920s. He was greatly influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche, the Marquis de Sade, Marcel Mauss, and Alexandre Kojève’s lectures on Hegel and was among the first sympathizers of Communism to denounce Stalin and warn of the rise of fascism. He was close to the artistic avant-garde such as the Surrealists and authored an important literary oeuvre as well as a radical system of thought (a “paradoxical philosophy”), which was a major influence for Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Michel Maffesoli, and David ...

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