Consumerism as Folk Religion: Transcendence, Probation and Dissatisfaction with Capitalism

  title={Consumerism as Folk Religion: Transcendence, Probation and Dissatisfaction with Capitalism},
  author={Matthias Zick Varul},
  journal={Studies in Christian Ethics},
  pages={447 - 460}
  • M. Varul
  • Published 30 September 2015
  • Philosophy
  • Studies in Christian Ethics
Consumerism will be understood as a ‘folk religion’, as a contemporary everyday way to make sense of and deal with transcendence. Contrary to longstanding critiques I will argue that consumerism also carries an ethical potential that comes into conflict with the results of the capitalist order of production. 

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