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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - m.gilbert - LibraryThing
I pulled this from my shelf as I was dusting, having read it some 15 years ago. 15 years ago! I liked it then, and I still like it. Bataille critiques traditional economy and examines what he calls ... Read full review
Review: The Accursed Share 1: ConsumptionUser Review - Darren - Goodreads
Bataille's philosophy of History. Totally cogent and elegant. More legible than his theories of erotics. Read full review