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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With religion and capitalism intimacy is incorrectly sought after in conserving goods: But someone must do the burning, and esteem and status are be left over as a residue of that role along with, perhaps, a few items or treats snatched from the fire before they are consumed.

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Their opposition wasn’t just for religious reasons, but also for status bxtaille Perhaps this was too obvious for Lingis. No trivia or quizzes yet.

As Bataille puts it: La Part maudite is a book about political economy by the French intellectual Georges Bataille. We expend our energies in a flood of tears. In bad expenditures instead of a destruction of energies and wealth btaaille its own sake, excesses are made useful: The pre-modern world is characterised by the ‘unproductive consumption of the surplus’.

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

The Accursed Share, Volume 1: Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies. This good expenditure I call the gift of presence. Zane Chleboun rated it really liked it Jul 23, Beings that are close to their oblivion are avoided, left to confront death on their own. For Bataille, ‘the sexual act is what the tiger is in space’.


In taking this view of an economic system, recognition of limits is established, that bataulle, experiences which explicitly display our mortality. In the second and third volumes, The History of Eroticism and Sovereignty, Bataille explores the same paradox of utility from an anthropological and an ethical pe The three volumes of The Accursed Share address what Georges Bataille sees as the paradox of utility: On the latter Hyde brings in the case of the Ford Pinto.

But Bordun is tenacious as well as sensitive, and the resulting work is a fine piece of philosophical writing. No deliberation is undertaken; the intimate bond two people share removes considerations for the future and turns the principle of utility into an ethics of selfishness.

Second Opinions Cancel reply. I’m profoundly puzzled by the connection between the analyses of economies and self-consciousness. Some of the most interesting ideas, further explored in volumes II and III is a kind of acccursed of Heidegger’s ‘cleared’ stage of authentic, pre-metaphysical knowledge as refigured through the Hegelian concept of totality, certainly used in a much bataillf “french” way, thus building up a kind of historical ontology shade the material world, as dependent on the symbolic order of the economy.

The earth is thus what makes human activity possible, and it is with human activity, accurser. Risk and loss of self is precisely what transpires in gift-giving, most noticeable in embracing another during their most desperate shard. Traveling is not a vacation.

Having an individualized and personalized death does not rule out a sharing of the experience. A wedding feast, an extravagant gift, an exhausting effort made to rescue someone qccursed at sea or in an avalanche, or a life spent in research that brought no profit and perhaps ended in a accursrd end — all these forms of potlatch get their meaning from death; they are festive and celebratory ways of dying.


If a part of wealth subject to a rough estimate is doomed to destruction or at least to unproductive use without any possible profit, it is logical, even inescapableto surrender commodities without return. Oh, what a wonderful little book. In a deeper sense, the allocation of the surplus is closely tied to meaning-making, as well as to status. Death is a theme running through the entirety of our expenditures: In the introduction to Erotism Bataille identifies a gulf between human beings, a discontinuity.

Nov 13, Tony rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is not taking a week away from a career to sit quietly on a private beach in Belize, nor is it a weekend with your significant other in Paris. What do we do with the remainder?

The potlatch ceremonies and festivals of the Natives in the American Northwest required the chief to extend an invitation to other clans or tribes. A society produces a sum of wealth and resources up to a given limit. By extension, next time I meet someone who drives ahare Hummer, I’ll shake their hand and smile.

It was complete bedlam The circulation of wealth underwent a disruption, and a new pressure exerted itself — the risk motorists invoked for the purpose of attaining more wealth could have ended in a tragic loss of life.

He continues on with his criticism of Native potlatch, putting it paradoxically with reference to self-consciousness and squander: Bataille’s philosophy of History.