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Saints of the Impossible: Bataille, Weil, and the Politics of the Sacred (Electronic book text)
Saints of the Impossible: Bataille, Weil, and the Politics of the Sacred (Electronic book text): Alexander Irwin
Saints of the Impossible: Bataille, Weil, and the Politics of the Sacred (Electronic book text): Alexander Irwin

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Saints of the Impossible: Bataille, Weil, and the Politics of the Sacred (Electronic book text)

Alexander Irwin

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The transgressive writing of Georges Bataille (1897-1962) and the rigorous ethical philosophy of social activist and Christian mystic Simone Weil (1909-1943) seem to belong to different worlds. Yet in the political ferment of 1930s Paris, Bataille and Weil were intellectual adversaries who exerted a powerful fascination on each other. Saints of the Impossible provides the first in-depth comparison of Batailles and Weils thought, showing how an exploration of their relationship reveals new facets of the achievements of two of the twentieth centurys leading intellectual figures, and raises far-reaching questions about literary practice, politics, and religion. Considering the seeming antithesis between Weils heroic political engagement and Batailles antipolitical aestheticism, Saints of the Impossible brings out the insufficiently recognized performative dimension of Weils politics, while revealing the political reach of Batailles mystical writings. As it opens a new perspective on both Weil and Bataille, the book also points to a new way of understanding the uses and abuses of sacred power and the performative in an era of philosophical disorientation, social chaos, and war.

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Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2002
Authors: Alexander Irwin
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 288
ISBN-13: 978-1-299-91519-0
Barcode: 9781299915190
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Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present > Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present > Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
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Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present > Western philosophy, from c 1900 - > General
LSN: 1-299-91519-1

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