Capitalism as religion: a bolstered defense A Bolstered Defense

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Felipe G. A. Moreira


Under the influence of Max Weber, Walter Benjamin and Giorgio Agamben argue for (CiR): the claim that capitalism is identical to a religion. Yet, these defenses of (CiR) seem quite easily refutable. This is insofar as it is not clear whether they:(i) rely on a plausible use of the terms “capitalism” and “religion”; (ii) spell out the justificatory resource that backs up belief in (CiR); and (iii) show the pertinence of revising ordinary use of language in calling “religious people”, apparently non-religious people who supposedly would follow the religion of capitalism. It is this essay’s aim, then, to bolster Benjamin’s and Agamben’s defense of (CiR) by articulating a new defense of this claim that accomplishes (i) to (iii) and reads Donald Trump as a “reverend” of the religion of capitalism.


Sob a influência de Max Weber, Walter Benjamin e Giorgio Agamben defendem (CcR): a alegação que o capitalismo é idêntico a uma religião. No entanto, essas defesas de (CcR) parecem facilmente refutáveis. Isso se dá porque não é claro se elas: (i) adotam um uso plausível dos termos “capitalismo” e “religião”; (ii) explicitam o recurso justificatório que fundamenta a crença em (CcR); e (iii) mostram a pertinência de revisar a linguagem ordinária, ao chamar de “pessoas religiosas”, pessoas aparentemente não religiosas que pretensamente seguiriam a religião do capitalismo. A pretensão desse artigo, por conseguinte, é fortalecer as defesas de Benjamin e de Agamben de (CcR) por meio da articulação de uma nova defesa dessa alegação que satisfaz (i) a (iii) e lê Donald Trump como um “reverendo” da religião do capitalismo.


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Felipe G. A. Moreira, Code University of Applied Sciences in Berlin

2019. Lecturer of Philosophy. University of Miami


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