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Is Marx (Capital) Secular?

Is Marx (Capital) Secular? wendy brown Money is the alienated ability of mankind. —Marx, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 Religion is only the illusory sun about which man revolves so long as he does not revolve about himself. . . . The immediate task of philosophy . . . is to unmask human self- alienation in its secular form now that it has been unmasked in its sacred form. — Marx, Introduction to the Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right Secular Predicaments Three contemporary predicaments have wreaked havoc with the modernist and especially twentieth- century Western expectation that secularism would be the future for ever more parts of the world and would remain a permanent feature of the West. There is, fi rst, the phenomenon of enormous planetary slums where, to paraphrase Mike Davis, the politics of proletarian revo- lution have been replaced by the politics of the holy ghost. Huge en- claves of poor people fi nd sanctuary in religion today— evangelical Christianity in Latin America, North America, and southern Af- rica; populist Islam in Asia and North Africa; and a range of local qui parle 23:1 special dossier 110 � religions in regions around the globe. “If God died in the cities of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences University of Nebraska Press

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Abstract

wendy brown Money is the alienated ability of mankind. —Marx, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 Religion is only the illusory sun about which man revolves so long as he does not revolve about himself. . . . The immediate task of philosophy . . . is to unmask human self- alienation in its secular form now that it has been unmasked in its sacred form. — Marx, Introduction to the Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right Secular Predicaments Three contemporary predicaments have wreaked havoc with the modernist and especially twentieth- century Western expectation that secularism would be the future for ever more parts of the world and would remain a permanent feature of the West. There is, fi rst, the phenomenon of enormous planetary slums where, to paraphrase Mike Davis, the politics of proletarian revo- lution have been replaced by the politics of the holy ghost. Huge en- claves of poor people fi nd sanctuary in religion today— evangelical Christianity in Latin America, North America, and southern Af- rica; populist Islam in Asia and North Africa; and a range of local qui parle 23:1 special dossier 110 � religions in regions around the globe. “If God died in the cities of

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Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Oct 9, 2014

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