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 animal situation does contain a component of the human situation ; if need
be , the animal can be regarded as a subject for which the rest of the world is an
object , but it is never given the possibility of regarding itself in this way .
In reality , we can never imagine things without consciousness except arbitrarily ,
since we and imagine imply consciousness , our consciousness , adhering
indelibly to their presence . We can doubtless tell ourselves that this adhesion is
But the different forms of the dualistic attitude never offer anything but a slippery
possibility to the mind ( which must always answer at the same time to two
irreconcilable demands : lift and preserve the order of things ) . A richer possibility