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    DescriptionThe 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 of The Accursed Share, 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." This Zone edition includes in a single volume a reconstruction, based on the versions published in Bataille's posthumous collected works, of his intended continuation of The Accursed Share.In the second and third volumes, The History of Eroticism and Sovereignty, Bataille explores the same paradox of utility, respectively from an anthropological and an ethical perspective. He first analyzes the fears and fascination, the prohibitions and the transgressions attached to the realm of eroticism as so many expressions of the "uselessness" of erotic life. It is just this expenditure of excess energy that demarcates the realm of human autonomy, of independence relative to.useful" ends. The study of eroticism therefore leads naturally to the examination of human sovereignty, in which Bataille defines the sovereign individual as one who consumes and does not labor, creating a life beyond the realm of utility.Georges Bataille, a philosopher and novelist sui generis, died in 1962.


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    Title
    The Accursed Share: History of Eroticism and Sovereignty v. 2 & 3
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Georges Bataille, Translated by Robert Hurley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 460
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780942299212
    ISBN 10: 0942299213
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: KC
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    BIC subject category V2: HPC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    DC20: 330
    DC22: 330
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17830
    BISAC V2.8: BUS069000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A45300000
    LC classification: HB173.B355, HB173 .B35513 1988
    Thema V1.0: QDH, KC
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    ZONE BOOKS
    Imprint name
    ZONE BOOKS
    Publication date
    09 November 1993
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Georges Bataille (1897-1962) was a French writer, essayist, and philosopher whose works include The Story of the Eye, The Blue of Noon, The Accursed Share, and Theory of Religion.
    Review quote
    " The Accursed Share is a brilliant Product of [Bataille"s] loony-toons coupling of critical genres: pseudo/antisurrealist manifestos, leftist political treatises, erotics, Hegel "n" Nietzsche studies, mysticism, anthropology, and sun worship... This strange and impressive book should not be ignored." Erik Davis , Voice Literary Supplement (review of volume I)