Theory of Religion by Georges Bataille
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Theory of Religion
By Georges Bataille

Theory of Religion

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Theory of Religion by Georges Bataille

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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 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780942299090
ISBN-10: 0942299094
Format: Paperback
(224mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Zone Books
Publisher: Zone Books
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1992
Country of Publication: United States

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Blue of Noon by Georges Bataille Blue of Noon, Paperback (June 2012)

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Literature and Evil by Georges Bataille Literature and Evil, Paperback (June 2012)

A collection of essays that explores subjects such as violence, eroticism, childhood, myth and transgression.

Cradle of Humanity by Georges Bataille Cradle of Humanity, Paperback (March 2009)

A radically interdisciplinary inquiry into the origins of human consciousness, community, and potential.

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Author Biography - Georges Bataille

Georges Bataille (1897-1962) was a French writer, essayist, and philosopher whose works include The Story of the Eye, The Blue of Noon, The Accursed Share, and Theory of Religion.

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