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 incompletion is not restricted to the lacunae of thought ; at every point , at
each point , there is the impossibility of the final state . This condition of
impossibility is not the excuse for undeniable deficiencies ; it limits all real
This is what the festival ( incendiary sacrifice and the outbreak of fire ) is
consciously ( subordinated to that duration of the common thing , which prevents
it from enduring ) , but this shows the festival ' s peculiar impossibility and man ' s
No doubt it is inaccessible , being transcendence : in its operation it establishes
the impossibility , for the operator , of being immanent to the outcome of the
operation . But while the individual that 74 RELIGION WITHIN THE LIMITS OF ...