Bataille’s Ontology and Isolation in the Night

Reference Key:

VE — Georges Bataille, Visions of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927–1939

ALONE and Bataillean Ontology

Bataille on “The Insufficiency of Beings”


Bataille and “The Composite Character of Beings and the Impossibility of Fixing Existence in Any Given Ipse”

Firstly, let’s clarify on what Bataille means when he uses the term ‘Ipse’. “Bataille uses the Latin term Ipse for this ‘deeper’ even ‘truer’ sense of self” (SS 117).

Bataille and “The Structure of the Labyrinth”

Bataille just gives more concretes of his latter description: cities within empires are transcended by empire.

Bataille and “The Modalities of Composition and Decomposition of Being”

Bataille sees that individual beings and the individual beings’ composition of being “empties elements of the greatest part of their being, and this benefits the center… if the attraction of a certain center is stronger than that of a neighboring center, the second center then goes into decline” (VE 176). This is how beings are decomposed and then re-composed (or at least this is my (miss-?)interpretation of what Bataille is saying).

Bataille and “The Monster in the Night of the Labyrinth”

“Being attains the blinding flash in tragic annihilation” (VE 177).

The Fragmentation of Being

“But what does fragmentation mean, or, better, what causes it, if not the need to act that specializes and limits us to the horizon of a given activity?” (ON 9).

Discontinuous Beings and (Erotic) Fusion

Beings are born alone, they die alone… (E 12).

ALONE at night

Every night I look out the window and see the beauty of the 1 AM sky.

How sweet terror is, not a single line, or a ray of morning sunlight fails to contain the sweetness of anguish. - Georges Bataille