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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This continuity , which for the animal could not be distinguished from anything
else , which was in it and for it the only possible mode of being , offered man all
the fascination of the sacred world , as against the poverty of the profane tool ( of
... the unreal world of sovereign spirits or gods establishes reality , which it is not ,
as its contrary . The reality of a profane world , of a world of things and bodies , is
established opposite a holy and mythical world . Within the limits of continuity ...
In the manipulation of objects and , generally , in relations with objects , or with
subjects regarded as objects , there appear , in forms that are implicit but linked
to the profane world , the principles of reason and morality . The sacred is itself ...