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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Religion , whose essence is the search for lost intimacy , comes down to the effort
of clear consciousness which wants to be a complete self - consciousness : but
this effort is futile , since consciousness of intimacy is possible only at a level ...
But this generalized reduction , this perfect fulfillment of the thing , is the
necessary condition for the conscious and fully ... The Clear Consciousness of
Things , or , Science The condition for achieving clear self - consciousness is
This implies , as a matter of fact , the replacement of compromises by a bringing
of its contents to light in the domain of clear and autonomous consciousness that
science has organized . It implies SELFCONSCIOUSNESS taking up the lamp ...