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 principle of sacrifice is destruction , but though it sometimes goes so far as to
destroy completely ( as in a holocaust ) , the destruction that sacrifice is intended
to bring about is not annihilation . The thing - only the thing - is what sacrifice ...
Doubtless the destruction of the thing in the archaic world had an opposite virtue
and impotence . It did not destroy the thing universally by a single operation ; it
destroyed the thing taken in isolation , by the negation that is violence , that is ...
interest here - below ; the principle of nonproductive destruction is given only in
the beyond , and it cannot have any value for the here - below . • General View of
the Relations of Production to Nonproductive Destruction • What this negation of