Philosophy, Literature and the Human Good

By Michael Weston

During this provocative new exam of the philosophical, ethical and spiritual importance of literature, Michael Weston explores the function of literature in either analytic and continental traditions. He initiates a discussion among them and investigates the transforming into value of those concerns for significant modern thinkers.
Each bankruptcy explores a thinker or literary determine who has written at the relation among literature and the nice lifestyles, comparable to Derrida, Kierkegaard, Murdoch and Blanchot. demanding and insightful, Philosophy, Literature and the Human Good is perfect for all scholars of philosophy and literature.

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He's already, accordingly, past the spiritual perception of God, of that which might provide which means and team spirit to his existence. fairly, what that notion has been an evasion of now attracts him (he has an erection) and the narrative will go through a chain of phases by way of actual eroticism in the direction of the ‘truth’, the ‘nothing’ which brings concerning the cave in of self (and text). He enters the brothel ‘Mirrors’. 1 2 three he's masturbated through Madame Edwarda and obtains an intimation of God: ‘I turned unsatisfied and felt painfully forsaken, as one is while within the presence of God. ’96 this is able to be so either by way of the non secular perception, because the presence of what offers desiring to one’s existence is an adventure of one’s nothingness, and by way of the (future) rediscovery, the place ‘God’ turns into that by which one needs to lose that means and selfhood. He has oral intercourse with Madame Edwarda who offers herself as God. She exposes her genitals and, whilst requested why, she says ‘You can see for your self . . . I’m God. ’ She instructions him to return to her and kneel, whereupon he ‘feverishly pressed [his] lips to that working, teeming wound’. ninety seven it's by way of the ‘wound’ that Bataille in a bracketed paragraph a bit later speaks of soreness, of the distance in ourselves which prevents our selfhood while making it attainable because the item of hope: ‘he in simple terms will grab me aright whose middle holds a wound that's an incurable wound, who by no means, for whatever, by any means, will be cured of it’. ninety eight This wound is to disrupt the experience of ‘God’: Madame Edwarda’s assertion ‘I’m God’ is not sensible by way of the spiritual belief. They then ascend to a bed room and copulate: ‘our bursting hearts could pressure vast open to welcome “the vacancy of heaven” ’. ninety nine The copulation prefigures within the orgasm the annihilation of self, however the ‘emptiness’ continues to be objectified (the ‘emptiness of heaven’), as though the adventure have been of a transcendence instead of an inner cave in. The narrative will now paintings by contrast objectifying tendence, obstructing the need to understand. Madame Edwarda clothes in a hooded cloak and masks and rushes out into the darkish highway by means of the narrator. She looks to him now in steadily unknowable types. The masks offers her first the looks of an animal; she then seems to be to him as ‘something alien’ opposed to ‘a starry sky, mad and void’;100 after which, less than the arch of the Porte Saint-Denis, she appears to be like ‘entirely black, easily there, as distressing as an vacancy, a hole’. He is familiar with then ‘that She had now not lied, that She used to be God’. He feels ‘as if nose to nose 34 B ATA I L L E : T H E I M P O S S I B L E with black rock’. Madame Edwarda as God appears to be like as an vacancy, yet however one that he confronts ‘face to face’. He concurs, and wishes, to suffer ‘as a long way because the “emptiness” itself, even have been I to be , destroyed, no matter’. yet this is often brought on through his wish to recognize the nothingness which she as God seems to be: ‘I knew, i needed that figuring out, for I lusted after her mystery and didn't for one speedy doubt that it used to be death’s state.

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