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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In the end , the man of salvation did more to bring the principles of the order of
things into the intimate order than to subordinate that productive order to the
destructive consumptions of the intimate order . So this world of mediation and of
... an economy of salvation . Hence in its first phase it did not have all the
characteristics of the military order nor all those of the economy of salvation . In
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nor all those of the economy of salvation . In the first place it was not amenable to
the autonomous development of clear consciousness or of philosophy ( yet ,
through the iconoclasm that it opposed to the Byzantine hieratism , it went further