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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CHAPTER III Sacrifice , the Festival , and the Principles of the Sacred World The
Need That Is Met by Sacrifice and Its Principle The first fruits of the harvest or a
head of livestock are sacrificed in order to remove the plant and the animal ...
Sacrifice is the antithesis of production , which is accomplished with a view to the
future ; it is consumption that is concerned only with the moment . This is the
sense in which it is gift and relinquishment , but what is given cannot be an object
To sacrifice a luxury object would be to sacrifice the same object twice . But
neither could one sacrifice that which was not first withdrawn from immanence ,
that which , never having belonged to immanence , would not have been