Marcel Mauss + Terry Eagleton


Hegel thought it a mark of the modern age that philosophy had taken over from art and religion as the custodian of truth. The World Spirit had come to self-consciousness in his own head, rendering any less rational form of knowledge outmoded. Yet religion has retained its capacity to spark riots and launch civil wars, while art has survived as a refined version of religion for the intelligentsia: most aesthetic concepts are displaced theology. (Terry Eagleton, “Eat It, A review of Marcel Mauss: A Biography by Marcel Fournier, translated by Jane Marie Todd in London Review of Books, Volume 28, Number 11, June 8 2006 pg. 29.)