The thesis undertakes a a philosophical investigation of money through the themes of Magic, Debt, Play and, to a lesser degree, Control. This is achieved through a close reading of a body of philosophical writings on various topics, sometimes explicitly referring to monetary phenomena, sometimes not. In the latter cases the monetary perspectives are read into the texts, as though they were written on the subject of money.
First, after a brief introduction to monetary theory, profanation, the sacred, sacrifice, secularization, and related concepts are interpreted in the context of money. Various examples of experiments are analyzed as examples of profanation. Second, notions of debt, as it relates to finance, is explored through the concept of difference. It is shown how finance and money itself can be seen as examples of difference, and thus can never be fully captured or pinned down. Third, through an exploration of the concepts of play, parasites and quasi-objects, it is shown how money also can be viewed through these terms. This points towards a relational nature of money. The case of Robin Hood Coop is briefly shown to perhaps be in a unique position as a master of ceremonies, to guide society through its liminal, or liminoid, phase in the transition to something new. Notions of dividuals, as opposed to individuals, are discussed in relation to finance, and notes for further studies are offered.
|Educations||Msc in Business Administration and Philosophy, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis|
|Number of pages||42|