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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At the same time it is posited as the result of operations analogous to those of the
real order and pursued in that order . In actual fact the intimate order is
subordinated to the real world only in a superficial way . Under the sovereignty of
But as the instrument of knowledge developed , people tried to use it to examine
the intimate order . In this way clear consciousness was given a hybrid content .
The intimate order , fundamentally unreal , adapted its arbitrary mythical ...
In the end , the reality principle triumphed over intimacy . What is required by self
- consciousness is not really the destruction of the order of things . The intimate
order cannot truly destroy the order of things ( just as the order of things has ...