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 element in which the subject has a part – the world , an animal , a plant – is
not subordinated to it ( likewise , the subject cannot be subordinated , in an
immediate sense , to the element with which it shares ) . But the tool is
subordinated to ...
The transcendence of the tool and the creative faculty connected with its use are
confusedly attributed to the animal , the plant , the meteor ; they are also
attributed to the entire world . * The Positing of Things as Subjects This first
Men and the supreme being , but also , in a first representation , animals , plants ,
meteors . . . are spirits . ... a dead man does not depend on a clear material reality
like that of a living one ; finally , the connection of the animal or plant spirit ( or ...