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Novac i zajednica: mjerenje nemjerljivog. Novac kao pravda, vrijeme i lihvarenje
Money and Sociality: Measuring the Unmeasurable Money as Justice, Time and Usury

Author(s): Zoran Janković
Subject(s): Ethics / Practical Philosophy
Published by: Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju
Keywords: Levinas; money; sociality; usury; gift; justice; love

Summary/Abstract: Levinas confirms: a reflection about a money as a social and economical reality is not possible without a serious analysis of empirical data. On the other hand, this reflection always involves something else, so a money is never a merely economical category. In that sense, Levinas proposes an intriguing meditation about some “dimensions” of a money in the western tradition. Contrary to the traditional moral condemnation of a money – which however remains unquestionable because of the fact that a man always carries a risk of becoming a merchandise – Levinas suggests that money never simply means a reification, but always implies some positive dimensions. Levinas suggests that a money is not something morally bad or simply neutral covering human relationships, but rather a condition of human community. Furthermore, he claims that a money is a fundament of the justice. A money makes possible a community, he explains, because it opens up the dimension of the future, and implies the existence of human beings who give themselves a credit; a credit understood as a time and a confidence. We shall try to address some problems implied by this thesis, particularly the problem of the relationship between time, money and credit. Finally, we are going to ask whether this credit – inseparable from the very essence of the money – is not always already a sort of usury.

  • Issue Year: 27/2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 938-957
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Serbian