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Excess, Time, and the Pure Gift

Carl Olson

in The Allure of Decadent Thinking

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199959839
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315970 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959839.003.0003
Excess, Time, and the Pure Gift

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Georges Bataille's notion of the gift and Jacques Derrida's inquiry into the possibility of a pure gift are examined within the context of Marcel Mauss's classic theory of the gift. These three theories are compared with theoretical work on the Hindu notion of the gift.

Keywords: gift; Georges Bataille; Jacques Derrida; Marcel Mauss; obligation; potlatch; time; pure gift

Chapter.  9925 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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