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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For the moment , I need to set apart from the dazzle of poetry that which , from the
standpoint of experience , appears distinctly and clearly . I am able to say that the
animal world is that of immanence and immediacy , for that world , which is ...
This aggregate appears distinctly at the boundary of that which is clear : it is at
least distinguishable , externally , from that which is clear . Moreover , the animal
accepted the immanence that submerged it without apparent protest , whereas ...
But if one considers a dominant movement of reflective thought , the divine
appears linked to purity , the profane - to impurity . In this way a shift is effected
starting from the premise that divine immanence is dangerous , that - what is
sacred is ...