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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These principles are far removed from a way of philosophizing that is currently
receiving if not the acceptance at least the curiosity of the public . Even if they are
strongly opposed to the modern insistence that attaches to the individual and the
It sets aside , or at least does not support , those prohibitions that cannot be
granted universal value , that clearly depend on a capricious liberty of the
mythical order . And even if it gets part of the laws it decrees from religion , it
grounds them ...
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 completely destroyed the labor of the winegrower , whereas my ...