Theory of Religion

Theory of Religion

Georges Bataille / Jan 20, 2020

Theory of Religion Theory of Religion brings to philosophy what Bataille s earlier book The Accursed Share brought to anthropology and history namely an analysis based on notions of excess and expenditure Bataille br

  • Title: Theory of Religion
  • Author: Georges Bataille
  • ISBN: 9780942299090
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Paperback
  • Theory of Religion brings to philosophy what Bataille s earlier book, The Accursed Share, brought to anthropology and history namely, an analysis based on notions of excess and expenditure Bataille brilliantly defines religion as so many different attempts to respond to the universe s relentless generosity Framed within his original theory of generalized economics and bTheory of Religion brings to philosophy what Bataille s earlier book, The Accursed Share, brought to anthropology and history namely, an analysis based on notions of excess and expenditure Bataille brilliantly defines religion as so many different attempts to respond to the universe s relentless generosity Framed within his original theory of generalized economics and based on his masterly reading of archaic religious activity, Theory of Religion constitutes, along with The Accursed Share, the most important articulation of Bataille s work.Georges Bataille 1897 1962 , founder of the French review Critique, wrote fiction and essays on a wide range of topics His books in English translation include Story of the Eye, Blue of Noon, Literature and Evil, Manet and Erotism Robert Hurley is the translator of The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault and cotranslator of Anti Oedipus by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari Distributed for Zone Books.

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      • Georges Bataille

        French essayist, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the metaphysician of evil Bataille was interested in sex, death, degradation, and the power and potential of the obscene He rejected traditional literature and considered that the ultimate aim of all intellectual, artistic, or religious activity should be the annihilation of the rational individual in a violent, transcendental act of communion Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva, and Philippe Sollers have all written enthusiastically about his work.


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    1. 10/27/2010Bataille, Kojève, NietzscheIt is remarkable that none of the previous reviews here on mention Alexandre Kojève. At the end of this book Bataille lists several authors who provided 'reference points' that guided his steps. The note for Kojève, and his "Introduction à la lecture de Hegel", is twice as long as the next longest entry. (Others here singled out by Bataille are: Georges Dumézil, Emile Durkheim, Sylvain Lévi, Marcel Mauss, Simone Pétrement, Bernardino De Sahagún, R. H [...]


    2. This book is everything to me. I love it like a person. The thoughts and concepts move around the pages like sentient beings, constantly keeping you in a state of spiritual flux. For this reason, it took me five years to finish a book not even 150 pages long. I went through so many revelations while reading this, and at a most important period of life (between ages 20 to 25). I know his family was clinically insane for the most part and Bataille himself is considered highly dubious by many, but [...]


    3. لم افهم منه الا نقاط قليلة سأعود لقرأته لاحقا بعد ان اقرأ لجورج باتاب بعض اعماله الاخرى و بعد أن اعرف قليلا عن هيجل و الدياليكتك المترجم جيد جدا ، اليوسفي مترجم متمكن من الفرنسية و العربية لذا العيب ليس منه بلا شك ،، فلذلك لي عودة له لاحقا او ربما اقرأ لجورج باتاي كتب اخرى كتب [...]


    4. This is possibly my favorite book of philosophy, or, in the very least, the most influential piece of philosophical writing, that I have read to date, in regards to my own views about the world. Bataille is not writing about religion specifically in "Theory of Religion" but is instead examining the human condition within the world. To Bataille that condition is one of lost intimacy. As he says we are no longer like the animal which moves through the world "like water through water." Nothing that [...]


    5. " Es una opinión ingenua la que une estrechamente la muerte a la tristeza. Las lágrimas de los vivos, que responden a su venida, están ellas mismas lejos de tener un sentido opuesto a la alegría. Lejos de ser dolorosas, las lágrimas son la expresión de una conciencia aguda de la vida común captada en su intimidad. "


    6. Bataille is horribly confusing at first but once you get the hang of his thought process and language usage he's remarkably insightful


    7. Parte 1: decodificação. Acho que vou precisar de umas três leituras pra sacar qual foi a do Bataille nesse livro.


    8. This is an intense examination of religion (the sacred, gods, spirits) from a powerful philosophical pen. Bataille takes his reads through a story of the development of religious ideas in the transition from animality to humanity, the transition from immediacy or immanence to a complex of modes of transcendence. This is a valuable book, worth reading many times, as it is full of insights that the reader will not likely put together on one reading. The story/argument is extremely persuasive IF on [...]


    9. Nunca antes había tenido la oportunidad de leer a un autor en dos obras de temáticas tan distintas para poder ver la diferencia, y si, es mucha, el vocabulario es muy distinto además de la intención, si no supiera que son de la misma persona no me habría dado cuenta.Quizás la filosofía es una forma distinta de aproximación, y eso me permite entender mejor a otros escritores, aunque aún me queda la sensación de que puedo ser escrito de una forma más concisa. Respecto al libro en si no [...]


    10. I found the translation a bit choppy. It left me with the feeling that it was translated literally as opposed to figuratively. This makes it much more difficult to understand.Throughout the book, I found myself daydreaming over the topics. Water in water on the atomic level? To what purpose could sacrifice serve? Is the spiritual world more important than reality? Why and how would these behaviors evolve? Who benefits from such behaviors?At the end, Bataille stated the intent of the book was not [...]


    11. My mom borrowed this book from me because she would like to read it, for fun. To my surprise in her interest, I let her read it. A week later, she returned it to me and say "what have you been reading???". Haha.This book is nothing about religion but about human development of thinking that may rises to idea of having a religion. Bataille's argument can be debatable regarding human nature and our psychology, and as to what makes us superior than other living creatures. Nonetheless, it's a compel [...]


    12. Difficult to rate because difficult to read--I kept at it because it is short, and I saw that he was headed toward a tie-in with religion and our present capitalist world economy. If I owned the book--and had lots of time--I might read it 2 or more times. I am not used to reading books so deeply steeped in abstract exposition; I am used to more concrete examples to elucidate the points being made. I'd rate it "interesting" and "good to know about."


    13. Very interesting take on a history of religion and how it coincides with economic history. Posits the idea (among others) that modern religious practices represent civilized man's (futile and absurd?) search for meaning and/or for his primitive self. This book is something like what you'd get if you put Sartre's 'Being & Nothingness' and Weber's 'Capitalism and the Protestant Ethic' in a blender - much easier to digest than either. Highly recommended.


    14. A very interesting book that starts out with a simple concept of the profane and the sacred, it's stratification of humanity as a desiring subject who attempts to grasp both polarities of the realm of intimacy and appearance and such implications it has in the philosophical historical canon.By the third chapter it gets quite confusing though, so it is probably going to be a book that many readers may want to reread.


    15. I found this to be more readable and thus more enjoyable than other Bataille's (non-fiction) books i've tackled. He is dealing with some heady concepts but does so with such a poetic voice that is easy to get drawn in.It definitely made me excited to read the Accursed Share and then maybe re-read this one.


    16. No doubt I am the idiot here, but I could have used some more sensation words, and Bataille's ain't-I-shocking fixation on violence seems like high school nihilism. Plenty of the ol' Platonic world-hating dualism here too . . .


    17. Illuminates the true essence of religion, what it means to be a human who hungers for deeper meanings of existence.


    18. Genius and poetic, and SO IMPOSSIBLE to understand fully. I need to re-read this. It might help if my translation were better.


    19. Terrific! Bataille and a lot of acid will really twist your brain in ways you might not like but which are necessary for your personal development. Seriously, guys.




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