The Accursed Share’. An Essay on General Economy. Georges Bataille. Volume I . Consumption. ZONE BOOKS· NEW. YORK. ~. The Accursed Share is a brilliant product of [Bataille’s] loony-tunes coupling of critical genres: pseudo/antisurrealist manifestos, leftist political treatises, erotics. This essay addresses Georges Bataille as a historical thinker by concentrating on The Accursed Share (three volumes, ), the text.

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It mght in turn be pointed out that the sacred can just as easily be envisaged on its own. More legible than his theories of erotics. At the extreme, if a man cannot possess his beloved he is either moved to end her life or take his own 6 Charles Bukowski makes the same point in Non-horseshit Horse Advice, found in his collection of stories, Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness, ed.

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Potlatch, Bataille describes, is a circulation of wealth excluding bargaining; it is rather an economy of gift-exchange which continues the flow of wealth and goods.

Martin Heidegger argues persons are not individually unique with respect to death, for everyone faces it equally and singularly as the mortal creatures we are — beings-towards-death he calls us.

This good expenditure I call the gift of presence. In our attempts to interact with others a fundamental difference between us always remains: Intimacy is never separated from external elements, without which it could not be signified. Mary Dalwood, San Francisco: The section that follows explains wasting energy in suffering.


Bataille examines the economic systems throughout history, along with diverging cultures, in order to critique society using his accursde of General Economy based off of the notion of non-productive expenditure pure losswhich is the dissipation of excess wealth or resources that go against the Capitalist ideology of accumulation.

Ford chose the cheapest of the devices at the cost of burning to death in Pinto crashes.

There is an interesting treatment of De Sade in eroticism. The earth is thus what makes human activity possible, and it is with human activity, i. We leave our backpack at the hostel and stand alongside others on the banks of the Arno River in Florence talking about love and philosophy until the early morn. This is expressed in sacrifice, the sacred, Potlatch, and sexual reproduction. This should be one of the first books to read if you ask me, it has an outrageously fresh take on human life as a surplus of energy and the problems arising from the human condition when this surplus needs to be ta Intellectually stimulating and amusing.

But although described as a C20th Sade himself, Bataille has, as Richardson has pointed out, quite a different view of the erotic and of man. Joan Strambaugh, Albany, NY: Zane Chleboun rated it really liked it Jul 23, August Learn accursed and when to remove this template message.

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May 05, Left Sr rated it really liked it Shelves: A Critical Reader, ed. People interested in Anthropology, Economics, Religious Studies. A loss of energy is evident with those running the establishment and those participating. This recklessness is an integral part of the self-consciousness Bataille wishes to restore, which I will deal with in the following section.

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The Accursed Share: An Essay on General Economy, Volume I: Consumption

In a deeper sense, the allocation of the surplus is closely tied to meaning-making, as well as to status. We could not reach the final object of knowledge [self-consciousness] without the dissolution of knowledge, which aims to reduce its object to the condition of subordinated and managed things.

In Volumes 2 and 3 Bataille extends the argument to eroticism and sovereignty, respectively. Suare point will be significant for the last section of the essay. Bataille uses this simple concept to construct a remarkably compelling acchrsed story of the political economy of both inequality and culture. Certainly some people have better or worse lives, some people die later and others accurxed. As recommended by Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen Through sovereignty we seek the moral summit.

AC1, 76 My concern with our times, much like Bataille wrote inis with this misusing misunderstanding of luxury and wealth, the hoarding of goods for oneself.

Eroto-econo-socio-anthropology at its best. State University of New York Press, Despite a gulf that is ever-present between persons, we can experience the dizziness — our discontinuity and rejection of violence the search for continuity — together E, 13,