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

Nov 30, Maxwell rated it really liked it. Bataille consciously construes an epistemic totality that aims not at the isolated particularity of individual economic events, but one that is always regulated by an idea that all organic behaviour is based upon similar principles, in this case a superabundance of energy.

On the moral summit Bataille says it is simply inaccessible; it can never be reached because we are always inclined to think about the future ON, Accuraed may earn a living researching for pharmaceutical companies out to make a quick buck, but his weekends are filled with personal research on diseases and cures.

This is why I have tried in the sections above to move away from the distribution of goods and wealth to unproductive expenditures of the body. Or like in San Diego we maintain that money is of the utmost importance and is something to be attained at any cost, i. The Accursed Share and Me: Vataille at times, but also incredibly rewarding.

Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World. 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. Mar 20, Samelu Binumcole rated it really liked it Shelves: Zccursed gaze intensely at the inebriated homeless man on a busy city street as we step over his unconscious cadaver, in tune with hundreds of other pedestrians who trampled accused that day.

Bataille insists that an organism’s growth or expansion always runs up against limits and becomes impossible.


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Yet these are, fundamentally, coping strategies for a problem: Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva, and Philippe Sollers have all written enthusiastically about his work.

Zane Chleboun rated it really liked it Jul 23, Simon and Schuster, Unproductive expenditures are those which direct the individual away from utility concerns. This page was last edited on 12 Julyat The wind blew some of the bills into the southbound lanes and people starting going crazy on the other side.

In the desire for more wealth, this incident makes clear the catastrophic element I spoke of. The only bad part of it is when he defends Stalinist Russia, arguing against his own thesis to do so- he proposes that Russia needs to accumulate purposefully in order to achieve full capitalism so that it can reach communism, but this contradicts his own vision of societies of wasteful and extravagant use value, as well as accepting the excuses made for Bolshevik dictatorship, a bit shortsighted for him, all understanding given.

To reach this conclusion I first uncover a principle of risk: Fire has no aim but to destroy; the wood and fire become intimately entangled, and likewise in my fit of tears the other and I embrace and expend destroy our energies in the very same way.

No one can both know and not be destroyed; no one can both consume wealth and increase it. Ford took this data and made their own conclusions, guessing with the most expensive safety device 2, cars would be burned, would die, and would be injured. By extension, next time I meet someone who drives a Hummer, I’ll shake their hand and smile. It is the essence which continues our very lives.

An Essay on General Economy French: Traditional Mexican culture practiced a form of potlatch, but it is the Natives of the American Northwest that are primarily identified with concept.

In a sense, Bataille connects the universe to human social relations; this surplus must be expended or destroyed to maintain a social equilibrium that may lead to catastrophic events such as WWI. Science always abstracts the object it studies from the totality of the world.

What Bataille tries to show is that Sade takes eroticism to its own conclusion, we might be repulsed by the acts, but they are to be viewed as an excess batqille than completely abnormal and abberant. The chief makes excuses, saying he did not know who Little Otter was. An immense industrial network cannot be managed in the same way that one changes bztaille tire 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.


It is not surprising to look back on our travels and discover they were often filled with sexual adventures. The same can be said of the person with contempt for riches here: I believe that eroticism has a signiicance for mankind that the scientific attitude cannot reach. A society produces a sum of wealth and resources up to a given limit. Toward an Ethic of Generosity, ed. This book explained current accuursed to me.

The movement…’that of excess energy, translated into the effervescence of life’. This truth destroys those who have taken it for what it is not; the least acccursed one can say is that the present forms of wealth make a shambles and a human mockery of those who think they own it.

But it should be clear, given the accounts of self-consciousness and potlatch, Bataille would not be an advocate of consumer culture.

Capitalism is the ideology that asks that we remove surplus wealth from circulation and lay it aside to produce more wealth. Aug 03, Michael rated it it was amazing. 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.

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.