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 inevitable incompletion does not in any way delay the response , which is a
movement – were it in a sense the lack of a response . On the contrary , it gives it
the truth of the impossible , the truth of a scream . The basic paradox of this ...
The power of death signifies that this real world can only have a neutral image of
life , that life ' s intimacy does not reveal its dazzling consumption until the
moment it gives out . No one knew it was there when it was ; it was overlooked in
not to kill but to relinquish and to give . Killing is only the exhibition of a deep
meaning . What is important is to ... To sacrifice is to give as one gives coal to the
furnace . But the furnace ordinarily has an undeniable utility , to which the coal is