The Accursed Share
by Bataille, Georges (1988)
For some years, being obliged on occasion to answer the question" What are you working on?" I was embarrassed to have to say," A book of political economy." Coming from me, this venture was disconcerting, at least to those who did not know me well.(The interest that is …
The serious humanity of growth becomes civilized, more gentle, but it tends to confuse gentleness with the value of life, and life's tranquil duration with its poetic dynamism. Under these conditions the clear knowledge it generally has of things cannot become a full self-knowledge. It is misled by what it takes for full humanity, that is, humanity at work, living in order to work without out ever fully enjoying the fruits of its labor. Of course, the man who is relatively idle or at least unconcerned about his achievements -the type discussed in both ethnography and history is not a consummate man either. But he helps us to gauge that which we lack. (p.46)
KeywordsBataille, Nietzsche, French, Political Economy, Economic Theory, Moral Philosophy
ThemesThe Accursed Share, Bataille Citations
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