Heterology, transcendence and the sacred: on Bataille and Levinas

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This article examines the issues surrounding transcendence, the Other and base materialism in relation to Georges Bataille’s heterology and Emmanuel Levinas’s notion of the face of the Other as infinity and transcendence. The article concludes that there is no facet of human existence – including work and the economy – which is not touched by transcendence, and that the idea that there are societies based in subsistence and in nothing but a ‘struggle for existence’ is a prejudice of modernity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-113
Number of pages21
JournalTheory, Culture and Society
Issue number4-5
Early online date28 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018


  • Agamben
  • Bataille
  • Levinas
  • life
  • other
  • sacred
  • transcendence


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