Cover of the French edition
|Original title||L'expérience intérieure|
|Translator||Leslie Anne Boldt|
|Pages||209 (English edition)|
Inner Experience (French: L'expérience intérieure) is a 1943 book by Georges Bataille, his first lengthy philosophical treatise. It was followed by Guilty (1944) and On Nietzsche (1945). Together, the three works constitute Bataille's Summa Atheologica, in which he explores the experience of excess, expressed in forms such as laughter, tears, eroticism, death, sacrifice and poetry.
Inner Experience received a negative reception from several authors due to having been published during the Second World War. Bataille was criticized for this privately by Jules Monnerot, and publicly by Patrick Waldberg. Boris Souvarine regarded its publication as a sign of Bataille's acceptance of the occupation of France. Bataille was attacked by surrealists in a pamphlet entitled Nom de Dieu. The surrealists considered Bataille an idealist. Gabriel Marcel criticized the work from a Christian perspective.