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The Accursed Share 2-3: The History of Eroticism and Sovereignty
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. 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 pe ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 4th 1993 by Zone Books
(first published February 12th 1992)
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A nice "companion" exploring the ideas outlined in The General Economy (vol. I). Bataille is a fascinating writer - at once incredibly clear, while simultaneously demanding a lot of attention in assembling the fragments together into a coherent whole (reminds me of Leo Strauss a bit, though here, it's more the Hegelian concept of totality running throughout, hintning on the coherence). As with the use, Eroticism in particular has a set of challenging ideas vis-á-vis the human/animal distinction, ...more
An exhausting, but fascinating read. From ritual sacrifice to gift giving, love and prostitution, kings and communists, Nietzsche and Jesus - Bataille roves though the archives of humanity to give relief to his singular vision of the human condition. Whatever one thinks of his conclusions - which by turns are harrowing and cathartic - the sheer force of creativity and inventiveness on display makes The Accursed Share an unforgettable literary and philosophical romp.
Nowhere near as incisive as "The Accursed Share" this book I picked up and put aside so many times that when a junky stole it I was relieved to no longer feel the nagging need to finish it once and for all! Inevitably I will try again one day, hopefully with greater success.
French essayist, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the "metaphysician of evil." Bataille was interested in sex, death, degradation, and the power and potential of the obscene. He rejected traditional literature and considered that the ultimate aim of all intellectual, artistic, or religious activity should be the annihilation of the rational individual in a violent, transcendental ...moreMore about Georges Bataille...