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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as a whole but it remains separate as it was in the mind of the one who made it :
at the moment that suits him , a man can regard this object , an arrow say , as his
fellow being , without taking away the operative power and transcendence of the
To the spirits borne by the festival , to whom the sacrifice is offered , and to whose
intimacy the victims are restored , an operative power is attributed in the same
way it is attributed to things . In the end the festival itself is viewed as an operation
The division into beneficent and malefic is found again in the world of matter ,
where the tangible form is sometimes apprehensible ( in its identity with itself and
with its intelligible form , and in its operative power ) , and other times is not , but ...