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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The Positing of the Object : The Tool The positing of the object , which is not
given in animality , is in the human use of tools ; that is , if the tools as middle
terms are adapted to the intended result - if their users perfect them . Insofar as
tools are ...
But the tool is subordinated to the man who uses it , who can modify it as he
pleases , in view of a particular result . The tool has no value in itself – like the
subject , or the world , or the elements that are of the same nature as the subject
or the ...
And in fact the completed work , if it is possible , should result from such
discussions . It is a common error of perspective to think that by contesting a
particular point one contests the solidity of the outlined whole . This whole is itself
the result of ...