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 element in which the subject has a part – the world , an animal , a plant – is
not subordinated to it ( likewise , the subject cannot be subordinated , in an
immediate sense , to the element with which it shares ) . But the tool is
subordinated to ...
What is important is to pass from a lasting order , in which all consumption of
resources is subordinated to the need for duration , to the violence of an
unconditional consumption ; what is important is to leave a world of real things ,
The intellect or the concept , situated outside time , is defined as a sovereign
order , to which the world of things is subordinated , just as it subordinated the
gods of mythology . In this way the intelligible world has the appearance of the