The Origins of Neoliberalism: Modeling the Economy from Jesus to Foucault

Hardcover | June 4, 2016

byDotan Leshem

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Dotan Leshem recasts the history of the West from an economic perspective, bringing politics, philosophy, and the economy closer together and revealing the significant role of Christian theology in shaping economic and political thought. He begins with early Christian treatment of economic knowledge and the effect of this interaction on ancient politics and philosophy. He then follows the secularization of the economy in liberal and neoliberal theory.

Leshem draws on Hannah Arendt's history of politics and Michel Foucault's genealogy of economy and philosophy. He consults exegetical and apologetic tracts, homilies and eulogies, manuals and correspondence, and Church canons and creeds to trace the influence of the economy on Christian orthodoxy. Only by relocating the origins of modernity in Late Antiquity, Leshem argues, can we confront the full effect of the neoliberal marketized economy on contemporary societies. Then, he proposes, a new political philosophy that re-secularizes the economy will take shape and transform the human condition.

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Dotan Leshem recasts the history of the West from an economic perspective, bringing politics, philosophy, and the economy closer together and revealing the significant role of Christian theology in shaping economic and political thought. He begins with early Christian treatment of economic knowledge and the effect of this interaction ...

Dotan Leshem is senior lecturer in the department of government and political theory at the School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 4, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231177763

ISBN - 13:9780231177764

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AcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction: Economy Before Christ1. From Oikos to Ecclesia2. Modeling the Economy3. Economy and Philosophy4. Economy and Politics5. Economy and the Legal Framework6. From Ecclesiastical to Market EconomyNotesWorks CitedIndex

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The Origins of Neoliberalism demonstrates that histories of economic thought can no longer ignore pre-modernity and that political economy owes more to theological rationality than its modern exponents are willing to avow.