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Religions 2016, 7(9), 112;

Messianic Time and Monetary Value1

Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University, 5 Ivy Lane, Princeton, NJ 08548, USA
Academic Editors: Douglas James Davies and Philip Goodchild
Received: 30 May 2016 / Revised: 18 July 2016 / Accepted: 9 August 2016 / Published: 27 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and the Individual: Belief, Practice, and Identity)
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In this essay we return to Walter Benjamin’s notion of messianic time as outlined in his Theses on the Philosophy of History. Messianic time is read with Benjamin’s Sonnette as a “divestment” from historical time. That is, messianic time is a relinquishing of historical time’s formation of identities within late capitalism. Messianism represents that opening which whispers the possibility of bringing asymmetrical accumulation and subjective formation to a standstill. The aim of the essay is thus to push a rereading of Benjamin’s notion of messianic time as subjective divestment from historical time which in turn breaks the uneven distribution of time, accumulation, and the monetary value of market time at work in our current world of global finance. View Full-Text
Keywords: Walter Benjamin; messianism; time; money; value Walter Benjamin; messianism; time; money; value
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