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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Future time constitutes this real world to such a degree that death no longer has a
place in it . But it is for this very reason that death means everything to it . The .
weakness ( the contradiction ) of the world of things is that it imparts an unreal ...
measureless violence is a danger to the stability of things , an affirmation that is
fully revealed only in death . The real order must annul – neutralize – that
intimate life and replace it with the thing that the individual is in the society of
It is a naive opinion that links death closely to sorrow . The tears of the living ,
which respond to its coming , are themselves far from having a meaning opposite
to joy . Far from being sorrowful , the tears are the expression of a keen