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Accursed Share, Volume I

Accursed Share, Volume I - 88 edition

Accursed Share, Volume I - 88 edition

ISBN13: 9780942299113

ISBN10: 0942299116

Accursed Share, Volume I by Georges Bataille and Robert  Translator Hurley - ISBN 9780942299113
Edition: 88
Copyright: 1988
Publisher: Zone Books
Published: 1988
International: No
Accursed Share, Volume I by Georges Bataille and Robert  Translator Hurley - ISBN 9780942299113

ISBN13: 9780942299113

ISBN10: 0942299116

Summary

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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