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 tool changes nature and man at the same time : it subjugates nature to man ,
who makes and uses it , but it ties man to subjugated nature . Nature becomes
man ' s property but it ceases to be immanent to him . It is his on condition that it is
I withdraw you , victim , from the world in which you were and could only be
reduced to the condition of a thing , having a meaning that was foreign to your
intimate nature . I call you back to the intimacy of the divine world , of the
The ambiguity of archaic society continued , but whereas in archaic society the
destruction of resources was supposed to favor production owing precisely to its
unproductive nature ( its divine nature ) , the society of mediation , claiming ...