By Nick Land
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1992
An very important literary and philosophical determine, Georges Bataille has had an important effect on different French writers, equivalent to Foucault, Derrida and Baudrillard.
The Thirst for Annihilation is the 1st e-book in English to answer Bataille's writings. under no circumstances, notwithstanding, is Nick Land's ebook an try and acceptable Bataille's writings to an earthly intelligibility or to compromise with the aridity of educational discourse - quite, it's written as a communion .
Theoretical concerns in philosophy, sociology, psychodynamics, politics and poetry are mentioned, yet merely as stepping stones into the deep water of textual sacrifice the place phrases omit into the damaged voice of loss of life. Cultural modernity is clinically determined right down to its Kantian bedrock with its transcendental philosophy of the item, yet Bataille's writings minimize violently throughout this tightly disciplined studying to bare the robust underlying currents that endure us in the direction of chaos and dissolution - the violent impulse to flee, the thirst for annihilation.
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Additional resources for The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism
What if curiosity was worth more than comprehension? This is not such an impossible thought to entertain. Nor is it unreasonable to ask after the necessity that has led the motor of thought to be subordinated to its consequences. Resolution could only be desirable if there existed an interest superseding thought. Otherwise it should be merely a means, the end of which is the promotion of enigma and confusion. That thought has to tolerate solutions is simply an unfortunate necessity. Perhaps not even that.
The probability that one (only one) part of the universe is in a certain state, is the smaller the further this state is from thermal equilibrium; but this probability is greater, the greater the universe is. If we assume the universe great enough we can make the probability of one relatively small part being in any given state (however far from the thermal equilibrium), as great as we please. We can also make the probability great that, though the whole universe is in thermal equilibrium, our world is in its present state [B III 543–4].
How far from Socrates—and his hopes of gain—are Bataille’s words: ‘the sickness of being vomits a black sun of spittle’ [IV 15]. In order to succeed in describing the notion of the sun in the spirit of one who must necessarily emasculate it in consequence of the incapacity of the eyes, one must say that this sun has poetically the sense of mathematical serenity and the elevation of the spirit. In contrast if, despite everything, one fixes upon it with sufficient obstinacy, it supposes a certain madness and the notion changes its sense because, in the light, it is not production that appears, but refuse [le déchet], which is to say combustion, well enough expressed, psychologically, by the horror which is released from an incandescent arc-light [I 231].