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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22


REL 21.03 Religion and the Rise of Capitalism

Debates continue to rage about whether religion is compatible with a market society or whether it is opposed to it. Did Christianity, in particular, contribute to the rise of capitalism or has it constantly resisted it? How, if at all, did religious ideas play a part in the development of the market? This class delves into historical events and conversations that were central to new theories of commercial society, and provides students with a firm exposure to central ideas and institutions within capitalism. We examine the religious, theological, philosophical, and broader historical background to these elements, and well as their critical reception and impact. We consider thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith, as well as key modern interpreters such as Albert Hirschman, RH Tawney, and Max Weber.

Instructor

Singh

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:TMV; WCult:W

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