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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This clear revelation of a decline of the whole living religious world ( salient in
these synthetic forms that abandon the narrowness of a tradition ) was not given
so long as the archaic manifestations of religious feeling appeared to us ...
And in fact the completed work , if it is possible , should result from such
discussions . It is a common error of perspective to think that by contesting a
particular point one contests the solidity of the outlined whole . This whole is itself
the result of ...
While it is true that a cohesion must necessarily distance itself from the capricious
data of the historical world , there is not one of these data that one should not try
to reduce to the whole and only insofar as the whole has been polished by ...