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 Positing of the Object : The Tool The positing of the object , which is not
given in animality , is in the human use of tools ; that is , if the tools as middle
terms are adapted to the intended result - if their users perfect them . Insofar as
tools are ...
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
On the contrary , the objective and in a sense transcendent ( relative to the
subject ) positing of the world of things has duration as its foundation : no thing in
fact has a separate existence , has a meaning , unless a subsequent time is