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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As if the operation had taken place at a time when the sense of continuity was too
strong , as if the animal or divine continuity of living beings with the world had at
first seemed limited , impoverished by a first clumsy attempt at a reduction to an ...
Moreover , the animal accepted the immanence that submerged it without
apparent protest , whereas man feels a kind of impotent horror in the sense of the
sacred . This horror is ambiguous . Undoubtedly , what is sacred attracts and ...
And in this case , the consolation in the strong sense the word has in the “
consolations ” of the mystics ) is in a sense bitterly tied to the fact that it cannot
last , but it is precisely the disappearance of duration , and of the neutral