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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There is undoubtedly a measure of falsity in the fact of regarding the animal as a
thing . An animal exists for itself and in order to be a thing it must be dead or
domesticated . Thus the eaten animal can be posited as an object only provided
it is ...
As a matter of fact , killing in the literal sense is not necessary . But the greatest
negation of the real order is the one most favorable to the appearance of the
mythical order . Moreover , sacrificial killing resolves the painfuli antinomy of life
On the contrary , the objective and in a sense transcendent ( relative to the
subject ) positing of the world of things has duration as its foundation : no thing in
fact has a separate existence , has a meaning , unless a subsequent time is