The Resource The debt of the living : ascesis and capitalism, Elettra Stimilli ; translated by Arianna Bove ; foreword by Roberto Esposito

The debt of the living : ascesis and capitalism, Elettra Stimilli ; translated by Arianna Bove ; foreword by Roberto Esposito

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The debt of the living : ascesis and capitalism
Title
The debt of the living
Title remainder
ascesis and capitalism
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Elettra Stimilli ; translated by Arianna Bove ; foreword by Roberto Esposito
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  • ita
  • eng
Summary
Max Weber's account of the rise of capitalism focused on his concept of a Protestant ethic, valuing diligence in earning and saving money but restraint in spending it. However, such individual restraint is foreign to contemporary understandings of finance, which treat ever-increasing consumption and debt as natural, almost essential, for maintaining the economic cycle of buying and selling. In The Debt of the Living, Elettra Stimilli returns to this idea of restraint as ascesis, by analyzing theological and philosophical understandings of debt drawn from a range of figures, including Saint Paul, Schmitt and Agamben, Benjamin and Marx, Nietzsche and Freud, and Foucault. Central to this analysis is the logic of "profit for profit's sake"--an aspect of Weber's work that Stimilli believes has been given insufficient attention. Following Foucault, she identifies this as the original mechanism of a capitalist dispositif that feeds not on a goal-directed rationality, but on the self-determining character of human agency. Ascesis is fundamental not because it is characterized by renunciation, but because the self-discipline it imposes converts the properly human quality of action without a predetermined goal into a lack, a fault, or a state of guilt: a debt that cannot be settled. Stimilli argues that this lack, which is impossible to fill, should be seen as the basis of the economy of hedonism and consumption that has governed global economies in recent years and as the premise of the current economy of debt. -- Provided by publisher
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Stimilli, Elettra
Index
index present
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Translated from the Italian
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HB501
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.S915513 2017
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non fiction
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1950-
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  • Bove, Arianna
  • Esposito, Roberto
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SUNY series in contemporary Italian philosophy
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  • Capitalism
  • Religion and sociology
  • Asceticism
  • Asceticism
  • Capitalism
  • Religion and sociology
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The debt of the living : ascesis and capitalism, Elettra Stimilli ; translated by Arianna Bove ; foreword by Roberto Esposito
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Translated from the Italian
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-195) and index
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
The end in itself of the economic enterprise -- Oikonomía and asceticism -- The theological construction of the government of the world -- Voluntary poverty on the market -- Capitalism as religion -- A philosophical critique of asceticism -- The spirit of capitalism and forms of life
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23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 199 pages
Isbn
9781438464145
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2016031442
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (OCoLC)960105673
  • (OCoLC)ocn960105673
Label
The debt of the living : ascesis and capitalism, Elettra Stimilli ; translated by Arianna Bove ; foreword by Roberto Esposito
Publication
Note
Translated from the Italian
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-195) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The end in itself of the economic enterprise -- Oikonomía and asceticism -- The theological construction of the government of the world -- Voluntary poverty on the market -- Capitalism as religion -- A philosophical critique of asceticism -- The spirit of capitalism and forms of life
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 199 pages
Isbn
9781438464145
Lccn
2016031442
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)960105673
  • (OCoLC)ocn960105673

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