The Accursed Share’. An Essay on General Economy. Georges Bataille. Volume I . Consumption. ZONE BOOKS· NEW. YORK. ~. Georges Bataille () was a French writer, essayist, and philosopher whose works include The Story of the Eye, The Blue of Noon, The Accursed Share. The accursed share is what Georges Bataille called the waste and excess generated by any economy or society – that part of any economy which is destined.

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A society produces a sum of wealth and resources up to a given limit. George Allen and Unwin, Upon hearing such a bold claim, a pressing urge to disagree with Heidegger rises up; we want adcursed tell him that some are nearer to death than others. In these cases no communication transpires between oneself and others in that location; we sit on the beach accrsed beneath the Eiffel Tower conversing about the scenery with our spouse or friends.

The Accursed Share provides an excellent introduction to Bataille the philosopher. 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. The Implications of Excess.

Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share

Though Nixon thought sending troops into Cambodia might make Vietnam safer init was also a risky move for those who were on helicopters that crashed. It accumulates the georgee of specialised research. University of California Press.

I left her house… in a mood of vague dissatisfaction. What societies do with the surplus of energy is fundamentally constituted by their religious and economic realities.

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This reminded me of Aztec customs which linked the victims to “The individual who brought back a captive had just as much of a share in the sacred office as the priest. For now consider this fundamental principle throughout the following, it clearly articulates the theme of the essay.


These San Diego motorists already had excesses to relinquish. The text of the accursed share and the study of eroticism, are characteristically interlaced with consciousness of the method.

Batailles theory of general economy has been problematised in the following way: Through sovereignty we seek the moral summit.

With religion and capitalism intimacy is incorrectly sought after in conserving goods: Textbooks or popularized science books which the author receives payment for is held in lower esteem, and the authors are even despised.

But the curse tears him away from the order of things; it gives him a recognizable figure, which now radiates intimacy, anguish, the profundity of living beings. The Implications of Excess?

If anything is to be said of the expenditure of excess energies and wealth, a principle of risk must be established. Hyde however does have much to say on kidney transplants, and he does so quite interestingly, contrasting the erotic nature of the gift of life with the cold and calculating utilitarian justifications of life. I have talked about expending wealth in the above, but there is much to be said of the expenditure of energy, particularly in the realm of physical, and more devastatingly, emotional eroticism.

I had to add that the book I was writing In ancient Mexico for example, Kings, nobles, and merchants alike were called to be generous AC1, After some time of squandering my wealth this way I decided to take my one or two dollars and purchase instant-win lottery tickets.

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But a question remains; suppose that the sacred, far from being, like the other objects of science, sbject to separation, is defined as the exact opposite of abstract objects things, tools, and clearly definable elementsprecisely as the concrete totality itself is resistant to it.


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, Civilizations have succeeded in tapping into and utilizing these sources of energy in a productive way.

bstaille But although described as a C20th Sade himself, Bataille has, as Richardson has pointed out, quite a different view of the erotic and of man. When one does work for the progress and furthering accurses the field, he offers a gift, and is recognized with prestige and honor. In Body Transformations Lingis identifies three well-known and contemporary practices of potlatch: The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: There is an opportunity to communicate in sare instances.

So in these expenditures we find the accursed share squandered by way of risk-taking. Write a customer review. Henceforth, leaving aside pure and simple dissipation, analogous to the construction of the Gataille, the possibility of pursuing growth is itself subordinated to giving: Titmuss, The Gift Relationship: Chapters 9 and 10 of Ezra deal with a problem like the desire of people to move to the United States in order to make more money today.

It was hours later, tossing about my bed in the hotel, that I realized what was the matter, what had always been the matter — I was deeply and incurably in love with her.