Translator's Introduction: A Debauchery of Thought Inner Experience Foreword Part One: Draft of an Introduction to Inner Experience 1. Critique of Dogmatic Servitude (and of Mysticism) 2. Experience, Sole Authority, Sole Value 3. Principles of a Method and of a Community Part Two: Torture Part Three: Antecedents to the Torture (or the Comedy) I Want to Carry My Person to the Pinnacle Death Is in a Sense a Deception The Blue of Noon The Labyrinth (of the Composition of Beings) "Communication" Part Four: Post-Scriptum to the Torture (or the New Mystical Theology) 1. God 2. Descartes 3. Hegel 4. Ecstasy 5. Fortune 6. Nietzsche Part Five: Manibus Date Lilia Plenis Gloria in excelsis mihi God Method of Meditation Foreword Part One: Contestation Part Two: Decisive Position Part Three: Nudity Post-Scriptum 1953 Notes Index of Names
Georges Bataille (1897-1962), a medievalist librarian by training, founded the College of Sociology and the secret society Acephale. He was equally famous for his contributions to French literature, art criticism, anthropology, philosophy, and theology. Bane of theologians, existentialists, and surrealists during his lifetime, he became an essential reference for the poststructuralist generation of French intellectuals, including Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida. Stuart Kendall is a writer, editor, and translator working at the intersections of modern and contemporary art and design, critical theory, poetics, and theology. He is the author of the critical biography Georges Bataille and the editor and translator of four other books by Bataille, including Guilty, also published by SUNY Press.