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Critical Enthusiasm: Capital Accumulation and the Transformation of Religious Passion

Jordana Rosenberg


This book concerns itself with two major, interrelated phenomena of the long eighteenth century: the onset of capital accumulation and the loosening of religious discourse to describe intellectual, aesthetic, and ethical experiences. Through this unusual pairing, the book shows that debates around religious radicalism are bound to the advent of capitalism at its very root: as legal precedent, as financial rhetoric, and as aesthetic form. As a result, we must contextualize the histories of religion and secularization in terms of the economic landscape of early modernity. The book contributes to ... More

Keywords: secularization, religion, legal history, poetry, economics, Marxism, moral philosophy, Atlantic studies, political theory, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199764266
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jordana Rosenberg, author
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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