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 festival assembles men whom the consumption of the contagious offering (
communion ) opens up to a conflagration , but one that is limited by a
countervailing prudence : there is an aspiration for destruction that breaks out in
the festival ...
ensemble that is at stake in the rituals . For the sake of a real community , of a
social fact that is given as a thing – of a common operation in view of a future time
– the festival is limited : it is itself integrated as a link in the concatenation of
NO subject - object ) , but its positing has the value of a limit to the immanence of
the festival and , for this reason , the thing aspect is accentuated . If the festival is
not yet , or no longer , under way , the community link to the festival is 1 given in ...