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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The violence of evil must intervene for the order to be lifted through a destruction ,
but the offered victim is itself the divinity . The principle of mediation is given in
the sacrifice where the offering is destroyed so as to open a path for the return of
The intimate order cannot truly destroy the order of things ( just as the order of
things has never completely destroyed the intimate order ) . But this real world
having reached the apex of its development can be destroyed , in the sense that
Of course I have first completely destroyed the labor of the winegrower , whereas
my absorption has only destroyed a minute amount of the carpenter ' s labor . At
least this table in this room , heavy with the chains of labor , for a time had no ...