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 a sense the unlimited assemblage is the impossible . It takes courage and
stubbornness not to go slack . Everything invites one to drop the substance for
the shadow , to forsake the open and impersonal movement of thought for the
It then receives the attributes of the subject and takes its place next to those
animals , those plants , those meteors , or those men that the object ' s
transcendence , ascribed to them , withdraws from the continuum . It becomes
continuous with ...
And intimate experience can doubtless abandon mysticism , but every time it
takes place it must be a complete answer to a total question . This being true , no
one can correctly answer the requirement given in the forms of objective