Eroticism Paperback – 1 Feb 1987
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By contrast, the erotic is a 'psychological quest' alien to that urge. The erotic is the hidden attraction to bondage, discipline, sadomasochism, the orgy; our predisposition to fantasize on sacrifice, incest and, ultimately, 'assenting to life up to the point of death.'
These are the themes set out and meticulously explored by Georges Bataille in his masterwork Eroticism, a controversial study that first saw the light of day in France in 1957 and is published now in a new edition in English by Marion Boyars Modern Classics with a brisk, no nonsense translation by Mary Dalwood.
Once described as the 'metaphysician of evil,' Georges Bataille (1897 - 1962) is one of the most important French thinkers of his generation. A librarian, pornographer and devout Catholic, he came in later life to regard the brothels of Paris as true churches and wrote, as Jean-Paul Sartre put it, 'about man's condition, not his nature...In him reality is in conflict.'
Bataille is at his most convincing in the way he connects the underlying sexual basis of religion and philosophy to death. Erotic sex, he argues, is surrounded by taboos which we must struggle against in order to overcome the sense of isolation that surrounds us all. The erotic is life on the high wire, liberating, energizing, uniquely human. 'It seems to be assumed,' he writes, 'that man has his being independently of his passions. I affirm that we must never imagine existence except in terms of these passions.Read more ›
and i am surprised and disheartened that the insights on taboo & transgression are not more well read modes of thought. for me, Bataille should be read along and among nietzsche, schopenhauer, sartre, hesse. he is of equal importance.
the scope of this book is far beyond eroticism, giving insight to the origins of ecstasy, mysticism, religion, sacrifice. it is a summation of human experience, from the birth of concious thought giving rise to work/project - and project needing restraints of our animalistic desires, the taboo. and born with taboos are the transgressions of these taboos... i am a lousy explainer
read this book,
to compliment this, i strongly recommend inner experience by bataille too.
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