Reading Group: Bataille on General Economy

18 Sep

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PCPN is excited to continue our summer/fall session — Critical Theory: Politics and the Frankfurt School — tomorrow (09/19) with a discussion of Georges Bataille’s The Accursed Share.


  • 09/19: Bataille, “The Meaning of General Economy” and “Laws of General Economy” from The Accursed Share

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: SPECIAL LOCATION, Murray Ave Crazy Mocha, Squirrel Hill (one week only)

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.


  • Book Launch: “A Forgotten Freudian: The Passion of Karl Stern” by Professor Daniel Burston, September 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm; Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, Gumberg Library 1st Floor, Duquesne University
  • Dr. Pamela Cooper-White (Union Theological Seminary), September 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, 1st Floor Gumberg Library, Duquesne University; 2nd Annual Karl Stern Lecture Series.


Ever wondered how much we have really covered in reading group? Check out the new link that includes a (nearly) comprehensive list of every text that has been covered by the reading group since its inception a few years ago. LINK HERE


Dr. Fred Evans’ keynote from (un)commons: theory and public space is now available on youtube and our video page. Check it out!


Upcoming in Critical Theory: Politics and the Frankfurt School

  • 09/19: Bataille, “The Meaning of General Economy” and “Laws of General Economy” from The Accursed Share
  • 09/26: Marcuse, “Repressive Tolerance”
  • 10/03: Horkheimer, “The Authoritarian State”
    Horkheimer, “The End of Reason”
  • 10/17: Adorno, “Freudian Theory and the Pattern of Fascist Propaganda”
  • 10/24: Adorno and Horkheimer, “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception” from Dialectic of Enlightenment
  • 10/31: Kirchheimer, “Changes in the Structure of Political Compromise”
  • 11/07: Jürgen Habermas, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity (Excerpts)
  • 11/14: Marcuse, “Marxism and Feminism”
    Brown, “Feminist Theory and the Frankfurt School”
  • 11/21: Said, “Introduction” Orientalism
    Said, “Traveling Theory”

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