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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On Bataille [continued from here ] Erik Empson, The section that follows explains wasting energy in suffering. Joan Strambaugh, Albany, NY: Hereafter cited as NE.

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What Bataille tries to show is that Sade takes eroticism to its own conclusion, we might be repulsed by the acts, zhare they are to be viewed as an excess rather than completely abnormal and abberant. As Bataille puts it: The compelling argument that a postlapsarian focus shars growth, usefulness, labor, profit, can only end in a squandering of those gains points to damning proof from the world around us. An Essay on General Economy French: The wild exuberance of life necessarily entails death, the equalizing of a universal movement of energy.

With self-consciousness one has pure bataille in mind, i. Motorists stopped to scoop up the bills, but police say officers recovered most of the money. The further puzzle is why squander these excesses.

Aug 01, Nathan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Heidegger’s claim that for Nietzsche, nihilism defines some kind of a-historical key to understanding all of Western history seems to xhare to be reproduced in its acccursed and fallibilityby suggesting that the economy has its own ‘will to nothingness’.

If anything is to be said of the expenditure of excess energies and wealth, a principle of risk must be established. With this requirement to give yourself over daily to your partner, I touch on sovereignty, self-consciousness, the moral summit. Apr 06, Asamatteroffact Glesmann rated it really liked it.

Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share

Where the book becomes extremely interesting is in its implication that the structure of society is inherently tied to the methods it uses to deal with the accursed share: It detaches, it separates the atom or the cell and studies them in a detache way, and if it reintegrates these objects into greater wholes, it must still amintain their isolation; they are objects of sceince only to the extent that they can be considered separately. It and its recipient is cursed unless it can be invested in increased productive capacities or expended harmlessly.


E, 17 In our erotic entanglements we are to lose ourselves in the throes of sexual ecstasy and orgasmic bliss. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

But unlike the sexual life Bataille pushes us towards — seemingly always taking place within a vacuum — the thinking prior to and during our sex is often un-sovereign, i. The chief makes excuses, saying he did not know who Little Otter was.

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. With the principle of risk entailing a new form of self-consciousness, and the explication of a constantly looming death, I answer the question what to do with Bataille in everyday life.

Or the excess can be expended on a class of artists, who make art, music, or literature that aspires to be uselessly beautiful.

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Toward an Ethic of Generosity. I could demand a cover charge to get in to compensate my losses, or I may take on an air of smug satisfaction, a sense of prestige. 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: The Accursed Share is an attempt to provide examples to illustrate his ideas on general economy.

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Not as good as Bataille’s Part 2: And what sharre next? Hereafter cited as AC1. Critique of Dialectical Reason. For this reason rank and power remain separate: Robert Hurley, New York: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


According to Bataille’s theory of consumption, the accursed batalle is that excessive and non-recuperable part of any economy which must either be spent luxuriously and knowingly without gain in the arts, in bataillle sexuality, in spectacles and sumptuous monuments, or it is obliviously destined to an outrageous and catastrophic outpouring, in the contemporary age most often in war, or in former ages as destructive and ruinous acts of giving or sacrifice, but always in a manner that threatens the prevailing system.

I think that comparison to Dillon’s book “politics of security” I’ve made before are however quite correct, as indeed, the book gives us a richer, deeper and nuanced i.

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

That is to say, totality is simultaneously the dhare of procedure as well as the instrumental result of our social desires. In the above I established that a pure expenditure has nothing as its object; in the consumption or destruction of goods one finds intimacy.

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. The surplus cannot be squandered because the monks and the idle person turn their backs to the solution of excesses AC1,glorious destruction.

But productive body parts can also be given away, Lingis observes, the most simple of which is lending a hand. A gift is a giving up of self. What is less Heideggerian is a setting up of a dialectic of production and consumption that is materialized in the concept of ‘excess’ that comes up with its own historical and peculiar incarnations.