Philosophy of Money

0.00 kr


Period: Modul 3 (14/1–24/3)

Ämne: Filosofi, Kurser på engelska

Money is one of those things that we tend to think we understand. That is, until we actually look at it. What is money? And why is money so important to us? In this course we will try to answer these questions, and more, by approaching money from a theoretical standpoint.

Money is a piece of technology designed by human beings for human beings. Consequently, money has more in common with the drill press and the written word than with the canary and the tides. In contemporary society the implementation of this technology is all-pervasive. Today, money structures the presuppositions and practices of nearly all areas of human interaction, cooperative as well as combative, domestic as well as international. But while we all seem to able to use money effectively, few understand how it works.

The course is an introduction to approaching the phenomenon of money philosophically. Is money real? Is money evil? What is the relation between money and political power? What is the relation between money and consumer culture? By reading and discussing texts selected from the great thinkers of the Western tradition, we trace the theoretical underpinnings of a human institution which is now so ubiquitous as to seem to withdraw into the very fabric of reality, becoming transparent as it were. Special attention is given to questions about the (in)stability of the monetary system, and to questions about the sustainability of the social practices that make it up. How will the switch to a digital currency affect life and societal development in a society like Sweden, where such a transformation is expected in the near future, and what will the effects be on the environment?

Besides classical texts of Western thought, the material studied is drawn from several different disciplines, in particular anthropology and economics.

7,5 hp

Uppsala: Mondays 10 am to 12 pm and Wednesdays 1 to 3 pm

Kursledare: Tomas Ekenberg

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