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Theory of Religion by Georges Bataille
Book DescriptionTheory 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 DetailsISBN: 9780942299090
(224mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Zone Books
Publisher: Zone Books
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1992
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Georges Bataille
Blue of Noon, Paperback (June 2012)
Set against the backdrop of Europe's slide into Fascism, this title provides an account of depravity and violence. Exploring the dark forces beneath the surface of civilization, it is torn between identifying with history's victims and being seduced by the monstrous glamour of its terrible victors.
Literature and Evil, Paperback (June 2012)
A collection of essays that explores subjects such as violence, eroticism, childhood, myth and transgression.
My Mother, Madame Edwarda, The Dead Man, Paperback (June 2012)
Presents depiction of a young man's sexual initiation and corruption by his mother, where the profane becomes sacred, and intense experience is shown as the only way to transcend the boundaries of society and morality.
Eroticism, Paperback (June 2012)» View all books by Georges Bataille
Linking the underlying sexual basis of religion to death, this title offers an array of insights into incest, prostitution, marriage, murder, sadism, sacrifice and violence, as well as includes comments on Freud, Sade and Saint Theresa.
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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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