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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... since the object of this vision is a movement that glides from things that have
no meaning by themselves to the world full of meaning implied by man giving
each thing his own . This is why we cannot describe such an object in a precise
But this poetry is only a way by which a man goes from a world full of meaning to
the final dislocation of meanings , of all meaning , which soon proves to be
unavoidable . There is only one difference between the absurdity of things
Killing is only the exhibition of a deep meaning . What is important is to pass from
a lasting order , in which all consumption of resources is subordinated to the
need for duration , to the violence of an unconditional consumption ; what is ...