The ‘Diabolic’ Idiom of French Postmodernism and the ‘Politics of Diversity’ in America
From 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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