'The actions of religious sacrifice and of erotic fusion, in which the subject seeks to be "loosed from its relatedness to the I" and to make room for re-established "continuity of Being", are exemplary for him. Bataille, too, pursues the traces of a primordial force that could heal the discontinuity or rift between the rationally disciplined world of work and the outlawed other of reason. He imagines this overpowering return to a lost continuity as the eruption of elements opposed to reason, as a breathtaking act of self-de-limiting. In this process of dissolution, the monadically closed-off subjectivity of self-assertive and mutually objectifying individuals is dispossessed and cast down into the abyss.'

J├╝rgen Habermas, Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, 1987

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