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 real order must annul – neutralize – that intimate life and replace it with the
thing that the individual is in the society of labor . But it cannot prevent life ' s
disappearance in death from revealing the invisible brilliance of life that is not a
They are here as a result of labor . In order to make them and install them in my
room it was necessary to forego the interest of the moment . As a matter of fact I
myself had to work to pay for them , that is , in theory , I had to compensate for the
But this table is not a means of labor : it helps me to drink alcohol . In setting my
drinking glass on the table , to that extent I have destroyed the table , or at least I
have destroyed the labor that was needed to make it . Of course I have first ...