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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He slowly reduced its violence to the sanction of the real order that morality
constitutes , provided that the real order conforms , precisely in morality , to the
universal order of reason . In reality , reason is the universal form of the thing (
But while the individual that he is cannot leave this world or connect himself with
that which goes beyond his own limits , he glimpses in the sudden awakening
that which cannot be grasped but which slips away precisely as a déjà vu . For
And precisely the opposite is accomplished by the negation of their value , which
surrenders and confines man to them , changing their meaning . The negation of
their value replaces the world of works subordinated to the intimate order with a ...