Giving and Taking – Antidotes to a Culture of Greed

Giving and Taking, Antidotes to a Culture of Greed208 pages  Publisher V2_

Edited by: Joke Brouwer and Sjoerd van Tuinen
Lab for the Unstable Media center for art and media technology in Rotterdam

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What if the exchanges we call economic were part of a much larger, far older and more diffuse system of exchange? What if value were defined not by accumulation but by circulation, and circulation not by supply and demand but by honor, glory and beauty? For one thing, it would be impossible to develop a critique of political economy from a political or economic viewpoint, because something in this notion of value utterly escapes both disciplines. In this volume, a diverse set of authors share a strikingly similar analysis. The crisis of our institutions of government, finance and knowledge, they argue, should be attributed not to a lack of political will but to a lack of glory and honor – categories that have been linked to gift and sacrifice from time immemorial.

Table of Contents

giving and taking
Joke Brouwer and Sjoerd van Tuinen

what does a human have that he can give away?
Peter Sloterdijk

the humanities, the arts and the market
Marcel Hénaff

good society and the future of art
Zygmunt Bauman

the city people tribe
Joris Luyendijk

on being good ancestors
Lewis Hyde

interest and interesse
Henk Oosterling

charis and radiance
Lars Spuybroek

without beauty, our souls are lost
Reimar Schefold

a gift to the living dead
Frank Vande Veire

what we do when we make art
Arjen Mulder