The End of Work: Theological Critiques of Capitilism
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Introduction: Work in the Christian Tradition.
1. Twentieth-century Theologies of Work: Karl Barth, Marie-Dominique Chenu, John Paul II and Miroslav Volf.
2. Utility as the Spirit of Capitalism: Max Weber’s Diagnosis of Modern Work.
3. Labour, Excess and Utility in Karl Marx: The Problem of Materialism and the Aesthetic.
4. John Ruskin and William Morris: An Alternative Tradition: Labor and the Theo-aesthetic in English Romantic Critiques of Capitalism.
5. The Frankfurt School: The Critique of Instrumental Reason and Hints of Return to the Theo-aesthetic within Marxism.
6. The end of Work: Rest, Beauty and Liturgy: The Catholic Metaphysical Critique of the Culture of Work and its Incorporation into the English Romantic Tradition: Josef Pieper, Jacques Maritain, Eric Gill and David Jones.
7. Concluding Remarks: Labor, Utility and Theology.