The End of Work: Theological Critiques of Capitalism

The End of Work: Theological Critiques of Capitalism

Author(s): John Hughes

Published Online: 17 MAR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405158923

Online ISBN: 9780470694169

DOI: 10.1002/9780470694169

About this Book

Surveys twentieth century theologies of work, contrasting differing approaches to consider the "problem of labor" from a theological perspective.


  • Aimed at theologians concerned with how Christianity might engage in social criticism, as well those who are interested in the connection between Marxist and Christian traditions
  • Explores debates about labor under capitalism and considers the relationship between divine and human work
  • Through a thorough reading of Weber's Protestant Work Ethic, argues that the triumph of the "spirit of utility" is crucial to understanding modern notions of work
  • Draws on the work of various twentieth century Catholic thinkers, including Josef Pieper, Jacques Maritain, Eric Gill, and David Jones
  • Published in the new and prestigious Illuminations series.

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