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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... intimacy , brings a powerlessness to light , no doubt , but the cry of this
powerlessness is a prelude to the deepest silence . PART ONE The Basic D at a
CHAPTER I Animality 13 . INTRODUCTION.
And this autonomous determination of consciousness brings about , in dualism ,
a profound alteration in the representation of the world . Originally , within the
divine world , the beneficent and pure elements opposed the malefic and impure
Of course archaic man did not continually participate in the contagious violence
of intimacy , but if he was removed from it , the rituals always kept the power to
bring him back to it at the proper time . At the level of the dualistic conception , no