By Georges Bataille
So much Anglo-American readers understand Bataille as a novelist. The Accursed proportion presents a very good advent to Bataille the thinker. right here he makes use of his detailed monetary concept because the foundation for an incisive inquiry into the very nature of civilization. in contrast to traditional financial types in response to notions of shortage, Bataille's conception develops the idea that of extra: a civilization, he argues, finds its order such a lot essentially within the remedy of its surplus strength. the result's a super combination of ethics, aesthetics, and cultural anthropology that demanding situations either mainstream economics and ethnology.
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Accursed Share: Consumption by Georges Bataille