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The Allure of Decadent ThinkingReligious Studies and the Challenge of Postmodernism$
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Carl Olson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199959839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959839.001.0001

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Excess, Time, and the Pure Gift

Excess, Time, and the Pure Gift

(p.36) 3 Excess, Time, and the Pure Gift
The Allure of Decadent Thinking

Carl Olson

Oxford University Press

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

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