The accursed share: an essay on general economy
Zone Books, 1988 - 200 pages
Most Anglo-American readers know Bataille as a novelist. The Accursed Share provides an excellent introduction to Bataille the philosopher. Here he uses his unique economic theory as the basis for an incisive inquiry into the very nature of civilization. Unlike conventional economic models based on notions of scarcity, Bataille's theory develops the concept of excess: a civilization, he argues, reveals its order most clearly in the treatment of its surplus energy. The result is a brilliant blend of ethics, aesthetics, and cultural anthropology that challenges both mainstream economics and ethnology.
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Review: The Accursed Share 1: ConsumptionUser Review - Daniel - Goodreads
Bataille examines the economic systems throughout history, along with diverging cultures, in order to critique society using his theory of General Economy based off of the notion of non-productive ... Read full review
Review: The Accursed Share 1: ConsumptionUser Review - Christopherseelie - Goodreads
Volume 1 is a marvelous tease. Volume 2 & 3 are ordered and cannot arrive soon enough. The compelling argument that a postlapsarian focus on growth, usefulness, labor, profit, can only end in a ... Read full review