In this text, Bataille clarifies his idea of the ‘excluded part’, i.e. that which is left behind by science. Bataille seeks to create an approach that would challenge the abstracted method of science, which presents the world as idealized and homogeneous. The aim of Bataille’s ‘science of the heterogeneous’ is to shed light on the unproductive expenditure of life, which moves between the sacred and the unclean. In pursuing this, he debunks the common idea that what is profane is already impure and vice versa. This text is notable for the new vocabulary that Bataille introduces in order to define heterology. Terms like heterodoxy, agiology and scatology rehabilitate the ideas of the unclean and the profane by structuring them in a new discourse, in which the excluded part is taken as the foundation for the new science of the impossible. Finally, the text shows how Bataille articulates this new science through providing examples largely from the study of religion and psychoanalysis.

Galletti, M. (2018). Georges Bataille, Definition of Heterology.Text edited and introduced by Marina Galletti Translated by Roy Boyne and Couze Venn. THEORY CULTURE & SOCIETY, Bataille and Heterology., 29-40 [10.1177/0263276418790349].

Georges Bataille, Definition of Heterology.Text edited and introduced by Marina Galletti Translated by Roy Boyne and Couze Venn.

Marina Galletti
2018

Abstract

In this text, Bataille clarifies his idea of the ‘excluded part’, i.e. that which is left behind by science. Bataille seeks to create an approach that would challenge the abstracted method of science, which presents the world as idealized and homogeneous. The aim of Bataille’s ‘science of the heterogeneous’ is to shed light on the unproductive expenditure of life, which moves between the sacred and the unclean. In pursuing this, he debunks the common idea that what is profane is already impure and vice versa. This text is notable for the new vocabulary that Bataille introduces in order to define heterology. Terms like heterodoxy, agiology and scatology rehabilitate the ideas of the unclean and the profane by structuring them in a new discourse, in which the excluded part is taken as the foundation for the new science of the impossible. Finally, the text shows how Bataille articulates this new science through providing examples largely from the study of religion and psychoanalysis.
Galletti, M. (2018). Georges Bataille, Definition of Heterology.Text edited and introduced by Marina Galletti Translated by Roy Boyne and Couze Venn. THEORY CULTURE & SOCIETY, Bataille and Heterology., 29-40 [10.1177/0263276418790349].
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