Georges Bataille () was a French writer, essayist, and philosopher whose works include The Story of the Eye, The Blue of Noon, The Accursed Share. In George Bataille’s three volume The Accursed Share, he imagines a primitive subsistence society that gathers just a little more food or other. This essay addresses Georges Bataille as a historical thinker by concentrating on The Accursed Share (three volumes, ), the text.

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A Translation of Sein und Zeit.

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. Stoekl argues that energy becomes accessible through organic and fossilized concentration, e.

The erotic and the sacred can not be studied anyless in isolation that man and his society. I think it a shame that people know him from Story of the Eye and not works like this or Erotism.

Jan 30, Count No Count rated it liked it. Critique of Dialectical Reason.

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

It is evidently the latter. For this reason Bataille lacks a theory of depletion; such a theory did not need to be considered at a national or global level at the time he was writing.

The cancer patient who has been told his end will come in a few months, an elderly woman immobile and bed-ridden, the extreme sports enthusiast parachuting from 4, meters above the earth, plunging head-first towards the ground shwre kilometers per hour.


When Charles Accursee, a 20th century British Political Officer, tried to convince the 13th Dalai Lama to increase military expenditure in the interests of national protection it was strongly opposed by the majority of monks.

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Following the teachings of mystics, Bataille explains that self-consciousness requires contemplation without object AC1,n. An immense industrial network cannot be managed in the same way that one changes a tire Quotes from The Accursed Shar On the latter Hyde brings in the case of the Ford Pinto.

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The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre tue The Accursed Share in his Critique of Dialectical Reasoncrediting Bataille with interesting insights into the way extravagance can become an “economic function. Intimacy is never separated from external elements, without which it could not be signified.

Happiness consists in knowing that we live by luck and in the reckless freedom of staking our life. When we are in love we must consistently act out our love.

Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share

The chapters on the Aztecs and Soviet Industrialization were very good. With echoes of Marx, the modern Bourgeois world inaugurates the separation of these spheres alongside the transition whereby the surplus product becomes redirected back into into production itself and not squandered but used to further multitply production.


Woe to those who, to the very end, insist on regulating the movement that exceeds them with the narrow mind of the mechanic who changes a tire. In ancient Mexico for example, Kings, nobles, and merchants alike were called to be generous AC1, London and Sterling, VA: As recommended by Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen The chief makes excuses, saying he did not know who Little Otter was.

Trivia About The Accursed Shar Volunteer work, Greenpeace, whare in villages saving lives — a hand is also given here. Thus mysticism is always evoked with Bataille. And what happens next?

Feb 17, Trevor rated it liked it. At this point the excess energy must be spent unproductively: Gifts are th fact a good kind of expenditure, but the consequences and motives of gift-exchange often get in the way. University of California Press, We should now be able to fully explicate the simplest and yet most nonproductive expenditure available to us today, gifts of the body. Bataille’s biographer Michel Surya considered The Accursed Share “one of Bataille’s most important books”, and consistent with the views Bataille expressed in Inner Experiencedespite the apparently mystical character of the latter work.

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