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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CHAPTER I The Military Order ce From a Balance of Resources and ·
Expenditures to the Accumulation of Forces with a View to Their Growth Human
sacrifice testifies at the same time to an excess of wealth and to a very painful
way of ...
It no longer aims at the greatest expenditure of forces , as an archaic social
system did in warfare and festivals . The expenditure of forces continues , but it is
subjected to a principle of maximum yield : if the forces are spent , it is with a view
Thus the way was clear for the indefinite development of operative forces . The
complete scission between the intimate order and the order of things had the
effect of freeing production from its archaic purpose ( from the nonproductive ...