A Note on Bataille’s Conception of the Sun
It is commonly said that Bataille’s conception of the Sun is ridiculous or scientifically untenable, etc. But this attempt at a critique misses the whole point. In Reading Bataille Now, Pierre Lamarche responds to this common attempt at a critique by emphasizing Bataille’s emphasis on myth.
Lamarche lines out the common attempt at a critique as follows: “It has been argued, of course, that the alleged inexhaustibility of the supply of solar energy to the planet is, in fact, a myth, and that Bataille’s general economy is, in fact, limited” [emphasis mine]. The issue with this failure of a critique is that “one of Bataille’s goals was to resuscitate myth”. Lamarche furthers with the fact that “[t]he target of Bataille’s myth of general economy — the sad tale of that original sin which we call scarcity — is itself a myth”.. For Lamarche, “Bataille employs a reasonably plausible — and, within the context of his theory of general economy, innocuous — myth in order to disarm an utterly implausible one that has done an unspeakable amount of harm”.
Lamarche, Pierre. “The Use Value of G. A. M. V. Bataille.” Essay. In Reading Bataille Now, edited by Shannon Winnubst, 54–72. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2007.
: Pierre Lamarche, “The Use Value of G. A. M. V. Bataille,” in Reading Bataille Now, ed. Shannon Winnubst (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2007), pp. 54–72, 70–71.
: Ibid., 71.