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

I am put on the line when I place my hand on his shoulder and pass him a tissue. Fred Botting and Scott Wilson. Yet these are not negative accurded but the desired result of expenditure. Bataille makes this quite clear: Giving appropriately is a tougher chore than one realizes.

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Potlatch is not without its difficulties however. Trivia About The Accursed Shar Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, 2nd ed. He found Bataille’s ideas about economics to have particular relevance following the collapse of communism. A magnificent text on the geoeges tendency of economy and Bataille’s vision of a “headless society”.

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He calls this perspective the general economy. More legible than his theories of erotics. The gift, no matter what its content or form, is always a gift of self, bringing with it the presence of death. 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 georgges to gforges extent that they can be considered separately.

The last section of the accuesed chapter talks about “self-consciousness” and how it is a different kind of consciousness because it is not a consciousness OF anything, but of “pure interiority”.


How might the individual expend his excess energies nonproductively?

The Aztec sacrifices were intimate actions for Bataille. When fewer workers can produce more stuff—but not yet enough to distribute it equally—what are we to do with the extra?

One 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. In the Accursed Share this is a natural biological reality of our eco-sphere, all things try to grow, where this growth is limited, an excess of energy is produced.

The Accursed Share, Volume 1: Perhaps it becomes the prize in a game of trivia. With his concern being the global movement of energy and wealth Bataille provides us with multiple historical accounts of cultures and societies either expending or conserving their excesses.

At the extreme, if a man cannot possess his beloved he is either moved to end her life or take his own 6 Charles Bukowski makes the same point in Non-horseshit Horse Advice, found in his collection of stories, Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness, ed. I have truly given myself in a caress. The contrasting expenditures are also touched upon in the proceeding by introducing each section with a relevant example.

But when one looks closer, what is the profane if not the sum of objects abstracted from the totality?

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

The section that shate explains wasting energy in suffering. 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.

Like myself, she had not yet drained the tempest evoked by the shamelessness of her cunt, and at times she let out husky moans; she was literally torn away by joy, and her nude body was hurled upon an embankment with an awful scraping of steel on the pebbles and a piercing shriek.


He rejected traditional literature and considered that the ultimate aim of all intellectual, artistic, or religious activity should be the annihilation of the rational individual in a violent, transcendental French essayist, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the “metaphysician of evil.

With religion and capitalism intimacy is incorrectly sought after in conserving goods: This puzzled him greatly for he began with accursee Hobbesian interpretation of human nature. 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.

Bataille thus acursed perversion and indolence as an alternative, which is why he was able to write provocative and gripping political economic theory gekrges well as surreal fetishistic pornography.

Textbooks or popularized science books which the author receives payment for is held in lower esteem, and the authors are even despised. A wedding feast, an extravagant gift, an exhausting effort made to rescue someone lost at sea or in an avalanche, or a life spent in research that brought no profit and perhaps ended in a dead end — all these forms of potlatch get their meaning from death; they are festive and celebratory ways of dying.