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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Although he remains dimly aware of a calling that rules out the self - seeking
behavior of work , the warrior reduces his fellow men to servitude . He thus
subordinates violence to the most complete reduction of mankind to the order of
Doubtless this majority has let itself be reduced to the order of things . But this
generalized reduction , this perfect fulfillment of the thing , is the necessary
condition for the conscious and fully developed posing of the problem of man ' s ...
But this real world having reached the apex of its development can be destroyed ,
in the sense that it can be reduced to intimacy . Strictly speaking , consciousness
cannot make intimacy reducible to it , but it can reclaim its own operations ...