The Thirst for Annihilation is the first book in English to respond to Bataille's writings.
Author: Nick Land
Category: Social Science
An important literary and philosophical figure, Georges Bataille has had a significant influence on other French writers, such as Foucault, Derrida and Baudrillard. The Thirst for Annihilation is the first book in English to respond to Bataille's writings. In no way, though, is Nick Land's book an attempt to appropriate Bataille's writings to a secular intelligibility or to compromise with the aridity of academic discourse - rather, it is written as a communion . Theoretical issues in philosophy, sociology, psychodynamics, politics and poetry are discussed, but only as stepping stones into the deep water of textual sacrifice where words pass over into the broken voice of death. Cultural modernity is diagnosed down to its Kantian bedrock with its transcendental philosophy of the object, but Bataille's writings cut violently across this tightly disciplined reading to reveal the strong underlying currents that bear us towards chaos and dissolution - the violent impulse to escape, the thirst for annihilation.
Nick Land's The Thirst for Annihilation is an extended act of appropriation through identification with Bataille . It is a painfully earnest , although often philosophically astute , exercise in extended pathos .
Author: Bejamin Noys
Publisher: Pluto Press
Category: Literary Criticism
''... brilliantly original ... brings cultural and post-colonial theory to bear on a wide range of authors with great skill and sensitivity.' Terry Eagleton
For it seems that in his recent work Nihil Unbound, Ray Brassier, following Land's novel approach to Freud in The Thirst for Annihilation, has resorted to the latter solution in order to wipe the stains of capitalism from the face of a ...
Author: Levi Bryant
Continental philosophy has entered a new period of ferment. The long deconstructionist era was followed with a period dominated by Deleuze, which has in turn evolved into a new situation still difficult to define. However, one common thread running through the new brand of continental positions is a renewed attention to materialist and realist options in philosophy. Among the leaders of the established generation, this new focus takes numerous forms. It might be hard to find many shared positions in the writings of Badiou, DeLanda, Laruelle, Latour, Stengers, and i ek, but what is missing from their positions is an obsession with the critique of written texts. All of them elaborate a positive ontology, despite the incompatibility of their results. Meanwhile, the new generation of continental thinkers is pushing these trends still further, as seen in currents ranging from transcendental materialism to the London-based speculative realism movement to new revivals of Derrida. As indicated by the title The Speculative Turn, the new currents of continental philosophy depart from the text-centered hermeneutic models of the past and engage in daring speculations about the nature of reality itself. This anthology assembles authors, of several generations and numerous nationalities, who will be at the centre of debate in continental philosophy for decades to come."
( " The Thirst for Annihilation " : Parenthetically , I should say , as is commonly said in theological circles , God has always been a topos founded on Nothing [ Burke 1969a , 21-37 ...
Author: Victor J. Vitanza
Publisher: SUNY Press
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Vitanza introduces his book with the questions: "What Do I Want, Wanting to Write This ('our') Book? What Do I Want, Wanting You to Read This ('our') Book?" Thereafter, in a series of chapters and excursions and as schizographer of rhetorics (erotics), he interrogates three recent, influential historians of Sophists (Edward Schiappa, John Poulakos, and Susan Jarratt), and how these historians as well as others represent Sophists and, in particular, Isocrates and Gorgias under the sign of the negative. Vitanza concludes - rather rebegins in a sophistic-performative excursus - with a prelude to future (anterior) histories of rhetorics. Vitanza asks: "What will have been anti-Oedipalizedized (de-negated) hysteries of rhetorics? What will have they looked like, sounded, read like? Or to ask affirmatively, what, then, will have libidinalized-hysteries of rhetorics looked, sounded, read like?"
1 The thirst for annihilation arises in consequence of the wrong view that the ego is our essence . For if we recognize that this personality as such is full of suffering , then the further notion arises that we can free ourselves from ...
Author: P.J. Saher
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
The book very clearly the problem of suffering and prescribes measures for their annihilation. It prescribes ways and means for achieving Egolessness, purification of mind, the cessation of the cycle of rebirth and the total absorption of the personal soul into the supreme transcendental soul.
168 ** The thirst for annihilation arises in consequence of the wrong view that personality is our essence . For if we recognize at the same time that this personality as such is full of suffering , then the further notion arises that ...
Author: George Grimm
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
The present edition, revised and enlarged by the author himself, presents the old genuine Buddha doctrine with the aim of developing a new type of man, free from prejudices and intent on working out his own future with his self as the light. It represents not only the flower of Indian religious feeling and philosophy but also the crowning summit of religious introspection in general. The book deals with Truth as the theme and basis of the doctrine of the Buddha. It explains (1) Truth, Critrine, World and subject of suffering, (2) Truth of the arising of suffering, (3) Truth of the annihilation of suffering, (4) Truth of the path leading to the annihilation of suffering. The author presents the highest knowledge, the supreme reality to which Buddha is awakened, in so cogent a form, free from mythological and mythical clothing that it becomes positively self-evident to the reader. The study is prefixed with an Introduction and Appendix--as important as the text itself. Introduction answers the queries 'Who was the Buddha?' 'What is a Buddha?' and depicts the method of handing down the 'Marvel'. The Appendix deals with the Doctrine, the Metaphysics of the Buddha, Right cognition etc. There are four indexes: (1) Index of quotations from the Pali texts, (2) General Index, (3) Index of proper names (4) Pali and Sanskrit Index. An exhaustive Bibliography supplies the gap in our knowledge of Buddhist literature.
In the Buddha's own words: “It is the thirst leading to rebirth, which, accompanied by delight and passion, finds enjoyment here and there, namely, thirst for desire, thirst for becoming, thirst for annihilation” (cited after ...
Author: Sedlmeier, Peter
Publisher: Hogrefe Publishing
What is meditation? What do people hope to get from practicing it and what do they really get? How can the effects of meditation be explained? And what are the best approaches to researching the psychology of meditation so we can understand more? This volume provides state-of-the-art answers to these questions. Contrary to commonly accepted wisdom, meditation comes in huge varieties and the reasons why people begin to meditate (and stay with it) are also numerous and diverse. Even mindfulness, which is often (wrongly) used as a synonym for meditation, comes in many forms. This book first describes the varieties of meditation in detail and then succinctly summarizes the beneficial effects found in the avalanche of studies available, especially in clinical contexts, and also explores recently emerging topics such as negative effects and the impact of ethics and spirituality. The author expertly provides theories of four main traditional meditation approaches, which has never been done before in this form, and gives a critical overview of Western approaches to explain the effects of meditation. In conclusion, he makes recommendations on how to improve future meditation research. This book is of interest to meditation researchers, mental health practitioners, students interested in meditation and mindfulness, and to everybody who seriously wants to know more about the topic.
The Thirst for Annihilation, 105; Kant, Collected Works, vol. III, 305–6. 16. Land, The Thirst for Annihilation, 114. 17. Ibid., 116. 18. Libertson, Proximity, 1. Hereafter cited in text as P. 19. Stanley Rosen comments that Kojève's ...
Author: Lisa Trahair
Publisher: SUNY Press
Melds philosophical analysis with early cinematic history to develop a fresh theory of the notion of comedy.
Land, The Thirst for Annihilation, 111. 49 Bataille, Visions of Excess, 59-60. 50 Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World, 381. 51 Ibid., 347. 52 Nietzsche, The Gay Science, section 371, quoted in Land, Fanged Noumena, 228.