The aim of this course is to elucidate the legacy of the groundbreaking work of French sociologist Marcel Mauss, in particular his text The Gift, in 20th century Continental thought.
Monday: Introducing the work of Marcel Mauss
Tuesday: Jean Baudrillard's economy of the sign - the link between capitalism and exchange
Wednesday: George Bataille - excess and society
Thursday: Jacques' Derrida's Given Time - the gift, tabacco and temporality
Friday: From Derrida to Mauss - A critical summary of Mauss' reception