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 immanence of the animal with respect to its milieu is given in a precise
situation , the importance of which is fundamental . I will not speak of it continually
, but will not be able to lose sight of it ; the very conclusion of my statements will ...
... of intimacy results from the complete negation of the given intimacy that
transcendence is . For the given intimacy is never anything but a contrary of
intimacy , because to be given is necessarily to be given in the way that a thing is
But the sacrifice of the divinity is much more closely tied to the general exclusion
of the given violences than was transcendence , whose movement of violence
was given independently of evil ( in reason ' s being torn away from the sensuous