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 supreme being , the sovereign deity , the god of heaven , is generally only a
more powerful god of the same nature as the others . The gods are simply
mythical spirits , without any substratum of reality . The spirit that is not
subordinated to ...
But the positing of a world of mythical spirits and the supreme value it receives
are naturally linked to the definition of the mortal body as being opposed to the
mind . The difference between the mind and the body is by no means the same
Although consciousness turned away from the intimate order , which , as far as
knowledge goes , is the order of mythology , it could not be a clear
consciousness of objects so long as it was dependent on mythical determinations
. In the first ...