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

Dotan Leshem


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 apolog ... More

Keywords: Christian theology, Neoliberalism, economic knowledge, secularization of the economy, Arendt, Foucault

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231177764
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231177764.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dotan Leshem, author
University of Haifa