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Author Bataille, Georges, 1897-1962
Title Part maudite. English
The accursed share : an essay on general economy / Georges Bataille ; translated by Robert Hurley
Imprint New York : Zone Books, 1988-1991
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  330 B311  v.1 1988    AVAILABLE    30500100601577
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  330 B311  v.2-3 1991    AVAILABLE    30500100628992
 Ethnology Library  HB173 .B35513 1988  v.1    AVAILABLE    30520020377447
 Ethnology Library  HB173 .B35513 1988  v.2-3    AVAILABLE    30520020447133
 RCHSS Library  HB173 B35513  v.2-3    AVAILABLE    30560400182736
Descript 3 volumes in 2 ; 24 cm
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Note Translation of: La part maudite
Includes bibliographical references
v. 1. Consumption (197 p.) -- v. 2-3. The history of eroticism ; Sovereignty. (1 v. ; 460 p.)
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. The three volumes of "The Accursed Share" address what Georges Bataille sees as the paradox of utility: namely, if being useful means serving a further end, then the ultimate end of utility can only be uselessness. The first volume, the only one published before Bataille's death, treated this paradox in economic terms, showing that "it is not necessity but its contrary, luxury, that presents living matter and mankind with their fundamental problems." In the second and third volumes, "The History of Eroticism" and "Sovereignty", Bataille explores the same paradox of utility from an anthropological and an ethical perspective, respectively. "The History of Eroticism" analyzes the fears and fascination, the prohibitions and transgressions attached to the realm of eroticism as so many expressions of the "uselessness" of erotic life. In the third volume, Bataille raises the ethical problems of sovereignty, of "the independence of man relative to useful ends."
Link Online version: Bataille, Georges, 1897-1962. Part maudite. English. Accursed share. New York : Zone Books, 1988-1991 (OCoLC)571387548
Subject Economics
Economic history
Economics -- Moral and ethical aspects
Alt Author Hurley, Robert, translator
Bataille, Georges, 1897-1962. Consumption
Bataille, Georges, 1897-1962. History of eroticism
Bataille, Georges, 1897-1962. Sovereignty
Alt Title Essay on general economy
The accursed share. Volume 1, Consumption
The accursed share. Volume 2, The history of eroticism
The accursed share. Volume 3, Sovereignty
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