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Title: Bataille's Contestation
Authors: Minkkinen, Panu
First Published: 2005
Citation: Law, Culture and the Humanities, 2005, 1 (2), pp. 247-263
Abstract: The aim of this essay is to clarify one of the central themes in Georges Bataille's post-war writings, namely sovereignty. At the same time, it attempts to bring to light the intellectual tradition from which Bataille's thinking arises and to which it contributes. Three specific themes are addressed: the so-called community debate (Jean-Luc Nancy and Maurice Blanchot), Bataille's Hegelian influences (especially Alexandre Kojeve's reading of Hegel's phenomenology), and the possible affinities between Bataille's understanding of sovereign enjoyment and Lacan's “other” jouissance. Through these admittedly brief and suggestive investigations, the essay can hopefully elucidate what Bataille understood as “contestation,” a rather specific form of critical thought and a confrontation with the Western traditions of knowledge and, further, examine the limitations and differences of this contestation in relation to what one could call “social criticism.”
DOI Link: 10.1191/1743872105lw017oa
ISSN: 1743-8721
Type: Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Law

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