Zygmont Aleksei

Violence and the Sacred in Georges Bataille's Philosophy

Zygmont Aleksei (2015) "Violence and the Sacred in Georges Bataille's Philosophy ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia, 2015, vol. 59, pp. 23-38 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI201559.23-38


The article considers the concepts of violence and the sacred in the work of the French philosopher Georges Bataille. The author traces back the transformations of the concept of violence throughout the thinker’s carrier, namely in his early literary and philosophical experiences of the late 20s — early 30s, his reports for the College of Sociology (1937–1939) and his «systematic» postwar writings (1945–1962). The author also puts forward the hypothesis of the connection between the concept violence and the concept the sacred and demonstrates that it is most thoroughly represented in the last period of his work, although it may have been noted before. Diachronic consideration of the formation of these concepts allows the author to trace their correlation from the more or less random links mediated by artistic images and the other notions (sacrifi ce, for example) to their explicit identification with each other and the systematic development in relation to such concepts as nature, life, being, intimacy, the animal state, expenditure, sacrifice, war and eroticism


G. Bataille, the College of Sociology, violence, the sacred, intimacy, life, sacrifice, war, eroticism.


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