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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contagion that which it comes close to , that the beneficent spirits are mediators
between the profane world and the unleashing of divine forces – and seem less
sacred in comparison with the dark deities . This early shift sets the stage for a ...
... time to lift and to preserve the order of things . But if it lifts that order , it is by
raising it to the negation of its real effects : the transcendence of reason and
morality gives sovereignty , against violence ( the contagious havoc of an
unleashing ) ...
In death the divinity accepts the sovereign truth of an unleashing that overturns
the order of things , but it deflects the violence onto itself and thus no longer
serves that order : it ceases to be enslaved to it as things themselves are ...