On the Science of Discord

The ‘Diabolic’ Idiom of French Postmodernism and the ‘Politics of Diversity’ in America
From New Directions in Catholic Social and Political Research

New Directions in Catholic Social and Political Research.
New Directions in Catholic Social and Political Research.

ABSTRACT: The contemporary author that has contributed possibly the most original discussion of the mysterious coexistence of good and evil is Bataille. More than a poet with a knack for the social sciences, Georges Bataille was an aspirant counter-initiate. He indeed sought to fashion a modern revival of Dionysian worship, complemented by an original anti-Catholic narrative. What is, in fact, fascinating in this connection is that Bataille’s sociology was  plagiarized by French philosopher Michel Foucault. And that, through the re-elaboration of the latter, his vision has been “adopted” in the United States.  Thus was Bataille’s Surrealist delirium established as the scholarly basis of the so-called postmodern movement. And especially of the “discourse of diversity,” which ultimately serves as a politically correct, and conservative, instrument of divisiveness. Therefore, of social control.

“On the Science of Discord: The ‘Diabolic’ Idiom of French Postmodernism and the ‘Politics of Diversity’ in America” traces the late construct of “diversity” to Bataille’s sociology by way of Foucault’s academic re-digestion of the latter, with a view to defining the forthcoming challenges for civil society vis-à-vis postmodernism’s conservative policy of “multicultural” fragmentation.


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