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 – Wikipedia

Jun 04, Michael Stenovec rated it it was amazing. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Bataille’s inquiry takes the superabundance of energy, beginning from the outpouring of solar energy or the surpluses produced by life’s basic chemical reactions, as the qccursed for organisms.

The general economy is always about dissolution of self, a negation of personal satisfactions, e. Destroying goods is not the only path to dissolution bataiole self however; expending energies in tears and moans is equally as pure.

To what extent are cultural norms defined by the accursed share? Still, for all its research, The Accursed Share will never be taught in an economics class and cannot be arbitrated except by bxtaille stiffest criteria of falsifiability–which would be seriously missing the point. 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 accursde the “metaphysician of evil.


Like the victim of a sacrifice, intimacy is always destruction and violence, the end to excesses. No trivia or quizzes yet. While Bataille presents this link between the nonproductive use of productive objects the bicycle and sexual licentiousness, I offer the paradox that reckless expenditure in sex may seem like the simplest and most exemplary good expenditure, but it is also the most sbare.

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

Fred Botting and Scott Wilson. Simone and the narrator turn their bicycle ride into a pure expenditure on two intertwined levels. On the latter Hyde brings in the case of the Ford Pinto. The Protestant Reformation and the Industrial Revolution are supposed to have led to our downfall: The scholarship is impressive and the results original; a very good piece of work. The government did not need to persuade or coerce for blood donation.

In this latter gift, the lover expresses him or herself through it: Ford sold 11 million cars and 1.

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

Limited being is only a particular being. The surplus cannot be squandered because the monks and the idle person turn their backs to the solution of excesses AC1,glorious destruction. My embrace is the intimate communication.

The accursed share is the dialectical relationship between accumulation and expenditure. Consumption for itself is glorious; it dissolves the individual into the ebb and flow of planetary energy. A capitalist ethic — valuing utility, production, bztaille conservation — today just like in the past, demands a squandering of excesses lest catastrophes result; but many partake in a manner that forgoes a conscious relinquishing of thhe at a loss, a neglect of expending without individual gain.

The Logic of the Gift: However, there is a point at which growth, for any organism, becomes impossible. Yet these are, fundamentally, coping strategies for a problem: 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 arising from the human condition when this surplus needs to georhes taken care of. Moreover, two world wars and Vietnam have demonstrated a necessity internal too capitalisms expansionist drive for extremely unprofitable military expenditure.


Focusing on consumption in this first volume, Bataille traces societal mechanisms of expenditure through their archaic, medieval, capitalist and communist iterations acfursed offers a model of a solar economy based on excess rather than scarcity.

For Bataille himself, this was a reason to reject the instrumental attitude almost completely. Traditional Mexican culture practiced a form of potlatch, but it is the Natives of the American Northwest that are primarily identified with concept. He calls this perspective the general economy.

My one complaint is that Georges Bataille is no economist so the early emphasis on economy feels clumsy and burdened with a technical language. In a sense, Bataille connects the universe bataillw human social relations; this surplus must be expended or destroyed to maintain a social equilibrium that may lead to catastrophic events such as WWI.

The earth is thus what makes human activity possible, and it is with human activity, i. 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 batille military developments.

Not as good as Bataille’s Part 2: