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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The immanence of the animal with respect to its milieu is given in a precise
situation , the importance of which is fundamental . I will not speak of it continually
, but will not be able to lose sight of it ; the very conclusion of my statements will ...
That one animal eats another scarcely alters a fundamental situation : every
animal is in the world like water in water . The animal situation does contain a
component of the human situation ; if need be , the animal can be regarded as a
The diversity of animal behaviors does not establish any conscious distinction
among the diverse situations . ... so that a new situation , in which the normal
behavior is not triggered , may suffice to remove an obstacle without there being