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Religions 2016, 7(7), 80; doi:10.3390/rel7070080

Speculating the Subject of Money: Georg Simmel on Human Value

Department of Religion, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755, USA
Academic Editors: Douglas James Davies and Michael J. Thate
Received: 17 April 2016 / Revised: 14 June 2016 / Accepted: 14 June 2016 / Published: 23 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and the Individual: Belief, Practice, and Identity)
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This article initiates an inquiry into the sources and frameworks of value used to denote human subjects in modernity. In particular, I consider the conflation of monetary, legal, and theological registers employed to demarcate human worth. Drawing on Simmel’s speculative genealogy of the money equivalent of human values, I consider the spectrum of ascriptions from specifically quantified to infinite human value. I suggest that predications of infinite human value require and imply quantified—and specifically monetary-economic—human value. Cost and worth, economically and legally defined, provide a foundation for subsequent eternal projections in a theological imaginary. This calls into question the interventionist potential of claims to infinite or unquantifiable human value as resistance to the contemporary financialization of human life and society. View Full-Text
Keywords: Simmel; Dodd; Foucault; money; value; financialization; secularization; theology Simmel; Dodd; Foucault; money; value; financialization; secularization; theology
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