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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What death ' s definitive impotence and absence reveals is the very essence of
the spirit , just as the scream of the one that is killed is the supreme affirmation of
life . Conversely , man ' s corpse reveals the complete reduction of the animal ...
Georges Bataille. measureless violence is a danger to the stability of things , an
affirmation that is fully revealed only in death . ... But it cannot prevent life ' s
disappearance in death from revealing the invisible brilliance of life that is not a
Only in a world where the thing has reduced everything , where what was once
opposed to it reveals the poverty of equivocal ... Only the gigantic development of
the means of production is capable of fully revealing the meaning of production ...