Capitalism and Religion

Capitalism and Religion : The Price of Piety

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Our global ecological crisis demands that we question the rationality of the culture that has caused it: western modernity's free market capitalism. Philip Goodchild develops arguments from Nietzsche, Adorno, Horkheimer, and Marx, to suggest that our love of Western modernity is an expression of a piety in which capitalism becomes a global religion, in practice, if not always in belief. This book presents a philosophical alternative that demands attention from philosophers, critical theorists, philosophers of religion, theologians, and those in ecological politics.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 13.46mm | 454g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0415282241
  • 9780415282246
  • 1,870,439

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"[Goodchild's] strongest book to date...this is a book which many people should read and engage with, it has the potential to be a 'defining' book of this first decade of the new century."
-Professor Keith Ansell Pearson, University of Warwick
"Philip Goodchild's important new volume examines the cost of the pieties of the west -- the devastating pieties of religion, philosophy, science, and the free market economy that cost the earth and are paid for in blood. It is a learned and provocative work, giving a jolt to current complacencies and developing the imaginative resources for a piety worth the price. Read it!."
-Professor Grace Jantzen, Research Professor of Religion, Culture and Gender, University of Manchester
"There are times when our thinking is in need of a shock to awaken it from its un-critical slumbers. Philip Goodchild's text provides such a shock. Centred around the tasks of a critical piety he takes the reader on a search for a new reason and a new ethics. It is a brave, compelling and potent work, executed with a tremendous philosophical intelligence and a rare ethical sensibility. It contains fresh insights into time and money, God and faith, reason and experience and, most impressive of all, it carries out a fundamental reevaluation of the philosophical tradition from Spinoza and Kant to Marx and Nietzsche and to Deleuze and Derrida. This is a supremely important work that demands to be read by anyone with a commitment to critical thinking. My book of the year and, I suspect, of several years to Some."
-Keith Ansell Pearson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick
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About Philip Goodchild

Philip Goodchild lectures in Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Gilles Deleuze and the Question of Philosophy (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996) and of Deleuze and Guattari (Sage, 1996) and is presently editing two other forthcoming volumes on philosophy and religion.
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