Tim Themi teaches in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne and is the author of Lacan’s Ethics and Nietzsche’s Critique of Platonism.
A highly original project investigating the centrality of Bataille’s thinking which will open up conversations with readers already well versed in Lacan and be conducive to greater clinical/philosophical dialogue. The book’s strength lies in the breadth of its originality and creativity, and in the author’s rigorous approach to reading key texts carefully in ways that open up connections previously unexplored. Building on his previous book on Nietzche and Lacan, which is superb, this is a very timely volume with a likelihood to endure.
A philosophical aesthetics of erotics located at the intersection of Bataille and Lacan – this is a book that had to be written! It will change our perception of Bataille. Tim Themi has written the perfect sequel to his Lacan’s Ethics and Nietzsche’s Critique of Platonism.
A detailed study of the jouissance of transgression, vis-à-vis Bataille and Lacan with Nietzsche and Freud, which would have application to the study of aesthetics across a number of disciplines. A well-timed intervention by a very well qualified author.
A valuable contribution to the understanding of Bataille's work in relation to psychoanalysis and Lacan, one that is particularly significant for the light it sheds on the taboo/transgression relation.
Eroticizing Aesthetics is extraordinarily ambitious. Tim Themi extracts and entwines essential themes from the major works of three crucial modern thinkers, Nietzsche, Bataille, and Lacan. Cave painting, Greek tragedy, Surrealism, the journal Documents, Roland Barthes, the Marquis de Sade, and more besides, figure in the margins of the text, as Themi follows the legacies of Nietzsche and Freud through Bataille and Lacan, folding each into the other, in a mutually informative, revealing, and resonant manner.