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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But man of the dualistic conception is opposite to archaic man in that there is no
longer any intimacy between him and this world . This world is in fact immanent to
him but this is insofar as he is no longer characterized by intimacy , insofar as ...
... 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
intimacy , but the good will that receives them is always mixed with
disappointment . How meek these voices seem . How defenseless their
equivocations leave us , faced with the clear expression of reality . Authority and
authenticity are ...