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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Between the animal that is eaten and the one that eats , there is no relation of
subordination like that connecting an object , a thing , to man , who refuses to be
viewed as a thing . For the animal , nothing is given through time . It is insofar as
Elements of this situation can be grasped by human intelligence , but the animal
cannot realize them . Dependence and Independence of the Animal It is true that
the animal , like the plant , has no autonomy in relation to the rest of the world .
... the same time that it accentuates the relation with the world , withdraws from
the world , isolates the plant or the animal which can theoretically be regarded as
autonomous worlds , so long as the fundamental relation of nutrition is left aside ...