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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... it is that the former absurdity immediately suggests to us the apparent reduction
of the exact sciences , whereas the latter hands us over to the sticky temptation of
poetry , for , not being simply a thing , the animal is not closed and inscrutable ...
It is his on condition that it is closed to him . If he places the world in his power ,
this is to the extent that he forgets that he is himself the world : he denies the
world but it is himself that he denies . Everything in my power declares that I have
When the offered animal enters the circle in which the priest will immolate it , it
passes from the world of things which are closed to man and are nothing to him ,
which he knows 43 Sacrifice, the Festival, and the Principles of the Sacred World.