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Religious materialism: Bataille, Deleuze/Guattari and the sacredness of late capital

Religious materialism: Bataille, Deleuze/Guattari and the sacredness of late capital

Urpeth, Jim (2003) Religious materialism: Bataille, Deleuze/Guattari and the sacredness of late capital. In: Goodchild, Philip, (ed.) Difference in Philosophy of Religion. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK, pp. 171-186. ISBN 978-0-7546-0848-6

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Abstract

This paper focuses on Bataille's elaboration of an 'economic' conception of the 'sacred' and considers the extent to which it is vulnerable to the charge of 'romantic anti-capitalism'. Aspects of the thought of Deleuze and Guattari on the nature of 'late capitalism' are evoked with a view to supporting the paper's hypothesis that a synthesis of Bataille's conception of the 'sacred' and Deleuze's and Guattari's insights into the nature of capital provides a powerful theoretical outlook at once enticing and disturbing - the sacredness of 'late capital'. What this entails as regards both the attainment of the non-anthropomorphic nature of religion and contemporary political critique is considered.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] Chapter 11 in Part IV: Locating Experience in Culture
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bataille, Deleuze and Guattari, philosophy of religion, religion and capitalism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Social, Political & Cultural Studies
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8079

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