The Accursed Share 2-3: The History of Eroticism and Sovereignty

The Accursed Share 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 u

  • Title: The Accursed Share 2-3: The History of Eroticism and Sovereignty
  • Author: Georges Bataille Robert Hurley
  • ISBN: 9780942299212
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 peThe 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 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.

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    1. Only here can you read sections ranging from the "Allurement Linked to the Corpse's Putrification" to the "Difficulty and Timeliness of Knowing What Communism Ultimately Means" in one book.

    2. An eclectic book for sure. As a previous reviewer hinted at, this might be the only book in existence that talks about the allurement of the putrefaction of corpses and the transgression of taboos, and an extensive discussion of Stalin, communism, de Sade, Gide, and Nietzsche. For the most part, it seems as though the eroticism section doesn't seem too different from what is elucidated in his masterwork "Erotism: Death and Sensuality". He even repeats similar refrains such as "does shit disgust [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

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