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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Sacrifice essentially turns its back on real relations . If it took them into account , it
would go against its own nature , which is precisely the opposite of that world of
things on which distinct reality is founded 44 THE BASIC DATA.
He would have no anguish if he were not the individual ( the thing ) , and it is
essentially the fact of being an individual that fuels his anguish . It is in order to
satisfy the demands of the thing , it is insofar as the world of things has posited
These obligatory relations are essentially those that ensure the order of things .
They sometimes take up prohibitions that were established by the intimate order (
such as the one forbidding murder ) . But morality chooses from among the rules