Theory of Religion
Zone Books, 1989 - 126 páginas
Theory of Religion brings to philosophy what Georges Bataille's earlier book The Accursed Share brought to anthropology and history, namely, an analysis based on notions of excess and expenditure. No other work of Bataille's, and perhaps no other work anywhere since Weber's Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, has managed to draw so incisively the links between man's religious and economic activities.
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I do not mean a fellow creature perceived as such , but there is no transcendence
between the eater and the eaten ; there is a difference , of course , but this animal
that eats the other cannot confront it in an affirmation of that 17 Animality.
In a sense the corpse is the most complete affirmation of the spirit . What death ' s
definitive impotence and absence reveals is the very essence of the spirit , just as
the scream of the one that is killed is the supreme affirmation of life .
The deep affirmation of sacrifice , the affirmation of a dangerous sovereignty of
violence , at least tended to maintain an anguish that brought a longing for
intimacy to an awakened state , on a level to which violence alone has the force
to raise ...