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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What a " true end ” reintroduces is the continuous being , lost in the world like
water is lost in water : or else , if it were a being as distinct as a tool , its meaning
would have to be sought on the plane of utility , of the tool ; it would no longer be
The sense of continuity that we must attribute to animals no longer impressed
itself on the mind unequivocally ( the positing of distinct objects was in fact its
negation ) . But it had derived a new significance from the contrast it formed to the
The difficulty of making distinct knowledge and the intimate order coincide is due
to their contrary modes of existence in time . Divine life is immediate , whereas
knowledge is an operation that requires suspension and waiting . Answering to ...