ACEPHALE: Religion * Sociology * Philosophy

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Acéphale (1936–1939)
by Georges Bataille et. al.

In 1936, at the height of the anti-fascist struggle, French Surrealist Georges Bataille and his closest friends took leave of the revolutionary milieu to form a fanatically religious secret society under the symbol of the acéphale – a headless figure clutching a fiery heart and a sacrificial knife. Their conspiracy was to achieve headlessness at every level: the headless society, the human being freed from reason, the defeat of the three-headed monster of Fascism-Christianity-Socialism, the ecstatic rupture of the Dionsyian frenzy, and the literal beheading of Bataille himself. This is their journal, fully (re)translated and compiled in English for the first time.

An ecstatic fire will destroy the fatherlands
When the human heart becomes fire
and iron
human beings will escape their heads like prisoners their prison

Date of publication: 2021

Pages: 163

Dimensions: 9 ¼ x 6 ¼

1. The Sacred Conspiracy
The Sacred Conspiracy
The Monster
The Unity of Flames
Acéphale Is the Earth
2. Nietzschean Corrective
Nietzsche and the Fascists
Nietzsche and the Death of God
Human Realization
Creation of the World
Two Recent Interpretations of Nietzsche
¾. Dionysos
Dionysos Philosopher
Nitezschean Chronicle
The Dionysian Virtues
Notes on the Foundation of a College of Sociology
Don Giovanni According to Kierkegaard
5. Madness, War, and Death
Nietzsche’s Madness
The Threat of War
The Practice of Joy Before Death