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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and the divine splendors is even more painful than in the moral work , justified by
reason . The effect of works is eventually to reduce divinity – and the desire for
divinity – once again to thinghood . The basic opposition between the divine and
But the positing of divine immanence in the negation of the value of works
completes the separation of the beyond and the here - below : henceforth the
herebelow is reduced to thinghood , and the divine order cannot be brought into
it – as it ...
But this generalized reduction , this perfect fulfillment of the thing , is the
necessary condition for the conscious and fully developed posing of the problem
of man ' s reduction , to thinghood . Only in a world where the thing has reduced ...