By Rodolphe Gasché
This publication investigates what Bataille, in "The Pineal Eye," calls mythological illustration: the mythological anthropology with which this strange philosopher wanted to outflank and undo clinical (and philosophical) anthropology. Gasché probes that anthropology by means of situating Bataille's notion with recognize to the quatrumvirate of Schelling, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Freud. He starts by means of displaying what Bataille's knowing of the mythological owes to Schelling. Drawing on Hegel, Nietzsche, and Freud, he then explores the concept of photo that constitutes one of these illustration that Bataille's cutting edge method includes. Gasché concludes that Bataille's mythological anthropology takes on Hegel's phenomenology in a scientific type. by means of analyzing it backwards, he not just dismantles its structure, he additionally ties each one point to the previous one, exchanging the idealities of philosophy with the phantasmatic representations of what he dubs "low materialism." Phenomenology, Gasché argues, therefore paves the best way for a brand new "science" of phantasms.