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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CHAPTER I The Military Order ce From a Balance of Resources and ·
Expenditures to the Accumulation of Forces with a View to Their Growth Human
sacrifice testifies at the same time to an excess of wealth and to a very painful
way of ...
Thus the military order is contrary to the forms of spectacular violence that
correspond more to an unbridled explosion of fury than to the rational calculation
of effectiveness . It no longer aims at the greatest expenditure of forces , as an
From the outset Islam was a military order , limiting , even more strictly than
others , those activities whose purpose was not force and military conquest . But it
presents these peculiarities : it went , suddenly and discontinuously , from a ...