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.
"Religion," according to Bataille, "is the search for a lost intimacy." In a brilliant and tightly reasoned argument, he proceeds to develop a "general economy" of man's relation to this intimacy: from the seamless immanence of animality to the shattered world of objects and the partial, ritual recovery of the intimate order through the violence of the sacrifice. Bataille then reflects on the archaic festival, in which he sees not only the glorious affirmation of life through destructive consumption but also the seeds of another, more ominous order -- war.
Bataille then traces the rise of the modern military order, in which production ceases to be oriented toward the destruction of a surplus and violence is no longer deployed inwardly but is turned to the outside. In these twin developments one can see the origins of modern capitalism.
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CHAPTER III Mediation The General Weakness of Moral Divinity and the
Strength of Evil Precisely because awakening is the meaning of dualism , the
inevitable sleep that follows it reintroduces evil as a major force . The flatness to
which a ...
Thus the way was clear for the indefinite development of operative forces . The
complete scission between the intimate order and the order of things had the
effect of freeing production from its archaic purpose ( from the nonproductive ...
Max Weber ' s famous study linked , for the first time in a precise way , the very
possibility of accumulation ( of the use of wealth for developing the forces of
production ) to the positing of a divine world that had no conceivable connection