The Accursed Share

The Accursed Share An Essay on General Economy - Zone Books

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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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780942299113
Publisher: Zone Books
Imprint: Zone Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 330
DEWEY edition: 18
Language: English
Number of pages: 197
Weight: 300g
Height: 226mm
Width: 147mm
Spine width: 15mm