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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That intimate life , which had lost the ability to fully reach me , which I regarded
primarily as a thing , is fully restored to my sensibility through its absence . Death
reveals life in its plenitude and dissolves V the real order . Henceforth it matters ...
... violence , of the scream , of being in eruption , blind and unintelligible , of the
dark and malefic sacred ) ; if it was transcendent , this was in a provisional way ,
for man who acted in the real order but was ritually restored to the intimate order .
What . is sacrificed is what serves , and as soon as sovereignty is reduced to
serving the order of things , it can be restored to the divine order only through its
destruction , as a thing . This assumes the positing of the divine in a being
capable of ...