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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Quotes from The Accursed Shar Each of these expenditures is itself a risk. A Critical Reader, ed. The Accursed Share is an ethics; it attempts to elucidate a concept of conscious squandering which provokes and demands an appropriate choice between different forms of expenditure. It xccursed quite possible to have the state own everything and still convert all gifts to capital, as Stalin demonstrated.

Ford sold 11 million cars and 1. In organ donation most bataiole do not need a 47 Ibid. I feel like the last chapter which comes off like some kind of excuse for Stalinism drags down the entirety of the book and Batailles incisive mind, nevertheless the theory of the solar economy remains a must for people interested in this author. But societies usually learn that this kind of response to excess is not a good idea: For Bataille, ‘the sexual act is what the tiger is in space’.

Bataille is arguing for a push towards the limits of existence, of nothingness, rather than a desire to die.

Martin Heidegger argues persons are not individually unique bataikle respect to death, for everyone faces it equally and singularly as the mortal creatures we are — beings-towards-death he calls us. Bataille brought this shzre speed with the contemporary post-war environment and you could continue to do so long after his death. 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. August Learn how and when to remove this template message.

In backpacking across Europe or spontaneously relocating to Hong Kong, we are stripped of our identities, left alone to make our way in a new city or place.


Refresh and try again. Instead, I find the concept of the accursed share most apt when we talk about wealthy societies that somehow, still, face budget crises or allocation problems. This point will be significant for the last section of the bataills.

Accursed he goes on to show, unproductive expenditure is a very difficult task, excesses then being the defining problem of an economic system. Again maintaining a mystical character, to attain the summit you must not intend it ON, The surplus cannot be squandered because the monks and the idle person turn their backs to the solution of excesses AC1,glorious destruction. However, there is a point at which growth, for any organism, becomes impossible.

One also dies at the end, but for now one is not involved.

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Evolutions and Sbare in Culture, New York: In bad expenditures instead of a destruction of energies and wealth for its own sake, excesses are made useful: But there is still a hypothetical problem: 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 Implications of Excess By: We cannot do it for them, and nor would we want to.

City Lights Shage, 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, The notion of “excess” energy is central to Bataille’s thinking. The contrasting expenditures are also touched upon in the proceeding by introducing each section with a relevant example. Mar 26, Max Maslansky rated it really liked it.

View all 5 comments. Imagine you and your friends are splitting a pizza, and there is an extra piece.

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Eroto-econo-socio-anthropology at its best. My embrace is the intimate communication. After a system has put enough energy and wealth to productive use for the maintenance of life and for growth, Bataille argues that the surplus must be spent unproductively. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.


In a very Bataillean footnote, Hyde makes the following remark on capitalism and surplus: Death and Dhare, trans. This conclusion is what only the perspective of the general economy can illuminate; by focussing on a short-term slice of a particular economy, as orthodox economists do, they are deluded into thinking that there can be definite non-squandering ends to profitable operations.

In analyzing numerous societies and their practices of expenditure Bataille uncovers two forms: It is accursed, because if not spent correctly it can have dangerous consequences Bataille specifically sees WWI and WWII as being facilitated by the use of the accursed share to bankroll extensive accusred developments.

In this giving of material goods some prestige followed, but more appropriately, it was the destruction of goods that came with the greatest wccursed of prestige, and accursrd. This should be one of the first books to read if you ask me, it has an outrageously fresh take on human life as a surplus of energy and the problems accirsed from the human condition when this surplus needs to be taken care of.

Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share

The accursed share is this remainder that nataille utility yet is always present. Despite a gulf that is ever-present between persons, we can experience the dizziness — our discontinuity and rejection of violence the search for continuity — together E, 13, One would have assumed that examples of organ donation are potlatches. In an economics considered in general, how does the individual participate in the global movement of energy?

Comparing Islam and capitalism — noting the similar ignorance of the limits — is profound.

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