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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Even if they are strongly opposed to the modern insistence that attaches to the
individual and the individual ' s isolation . There cannot be any philosophy of the
individual and the exercise of thought cannot have any other outcome than the ...
Paradoxically , intimacy is violence , and it is destruction , because it is not
compatible with the positing of the ! separate individual . If one describes the
individual in the operation of sacrifice , he is defined by anguish . But if sacrifice is
And if it is true that warfare tends in its own way to dissolve the individual through
a negative wagering of the value of his own life , it cannot help but enhance his
value in the course of time by making the surviving individual the beneficiary of ...