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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Nothing breaks a continuity in which fear itself does not announce anything that
might be distinguished before being dead . Even the fighting between rivals is
another convulsion where insubstantial shadows emerge from the inevitable ...
As if the operation had taken place at a time when the sense of continuity was too
strong , as if the animal or divine continuity of living beings with the world had at
first seemed limited , impoverished by a first clumsy attempt at a reduction to an ...
... a tool , an implement , or of a domain of objects ( where the various coequals of
the subject itself assume an objective value ) , the world in which men move
about is still , in a fundamental way , a continuity from the subject ' s point of view .