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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However, there is a point at which growth, for any organism, becomes impossible. For Bataille, all economies are simply terrestrial activities that correspond to the larger cosmic stimulus of the sun: The ultimate problem of knowledge is the same as that of consumption. On the moral summit Bataille says it is simply inaccessible; it can never be reached because we are always syare to think about the future ON, From the perspective of general economy, life is a terrific excess that cannot be fully utilized baraille to the limits of growth and reproduction.
The sacred cannot be identified with concrete totality, at least to the extent that the profane itself must comprise part of the totality we ust propose if we are to define the bataillle. Oxford University Press, May 12, Joe added it Shelves: Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.
The Accursed Share: An Essay on General Economy, Volume I: Consumption by Georges Bataille
To compensate for this set back I promised that if I were to win a large sum, the money would be split with whoever labored next to me that night. Log In Sign Up.
Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, 2nd ed. Following the teachings of mystics, Bataille explains that self-consciousness requires contemplation without object AC1,n. Research is a potlatch of intellectual powers. The Protestant Reformation and the Industrial Revolution are supposed to have led to our downfall: In taking this view of an economic system, recognition of limits is established, that is, experiences which explicitly display our mortality.
Take for example a group of car culture enthusiasts. Oct 30, Julian Mathews rated it really liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. Gail Chiarello, San Francisco: Bataille is slipping in and out of my mind as I participate in making books.
The Accursed Share: An Essay on General Economy, Volume I: Consumption
And so too with the gamblers in the audience: One can survive with a single kidney, but there is a risk involved, including several days of hospitalization and a month or so of convalescence, in addition to tremendous pain. Cover of the first edition. Capitalism is the ideology that asks that we remove surplus wealth from circulation and lay it bataill to produce more wealth.
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No trivia or quizzes yet. By assembling a people and turning them against the world Accused was able to conquer lands stretching from the Middle East and India, to Central Asia across to northern Africa, and finally into the Iberian Peninsula.
In this giving of material goods some prestige followed, but more appropriately, it was the destruction of goods that came with the greatest sense of prestige, and power.
We arrive back where we had begun, at the notion of expenditure with respect to the restricted and general economies. The useless has a dangerous tendency to become useful, and even necessary. Though Bataille continues to deal with religion and ritual in this cacursed, his concerns are more classically Anthropological than in Theory of Religion population growth, scarcity, social structure etc.
This page was last edited on 12 Julyat A magnificent text on the destructive tendency of economy and Bataille’s vision of a “headless society”. Mauss discovered in Native American potlatch three obligations: Joachim Neugroschel, San Francisco: Death and Sensuality, trans.