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Confidence Games

Paperback|Dec 2007
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In "Confidence Games," Mark C. Taylor posits that money and markets do not exist in a vacuum but grow in a profoundly cultural medium, reflecting and in turn shaping their world. Bringing John Calvin, G. W. F. Hegel, and Adam...


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In "Confidence Games," Mark C. Taylor posits that money and markets do not exist in a vacuum but grow in a profoundly cultural medium, reflecting and in turn shaping their world. Bringing John Calvin, G. W. F. Hegel, and Adam Smith to Wall Street by way of Las Vegas, Taylor first explores the historical and psychological origins of money, the importance of religious beliefs and practices for the emergence of markets, and the unexpected role of religion and art in the classical understanding of economics. He then moves to an account of economic developments during the past four decades, exploring the dawn of our new information age, the growing virtuality of money and markets, and the complexity of the networks by which monetary value is now negotiated. Returning full circle to a version of the market first proposed by Adam Smith, "Confidence Games" closes with a plea for a conception of life that embraces uncertainty and insecurity as signs of the openness and possibility of the future. "It is a mark (sign might be a more apt term) of Taylor's continuing provocations, and illuminations of postmodern religion, art, and the economy, that this insightful and illuminating book raises so many far-reaching questions."--Mark Valeri, "Journal of the American Academy of Religion"
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Awash in a sea of data that seems to have no meaning and bombarded by images and sounds transmitted from around the globe 24/7, people are no longer sure what is real and what is fake. Artists recycle ads in their paintings and businesses use images of artists in their ads; politicians mount campaigns based on hit films; and bankers make billions trading incomprehensible financial products backed by nothing more than abstract figures and signs. ^In "Confidence Games," Mark C. Taylor considers the implications of these developments for our digital and increasingly virtual economy. According to Taylor, money and markets do not exist in a vacuum but grow in a profoundly cultural medium, reflecting and in turn shaping their world. To understand the recent changes in our economy, it is not enough to analyze the impact of politics and technology--one must consider the influence of art, philosophy, and religion as well. ^Bringing John Calvin, G. W. F. Hegel, and Adam Smith to Wall Stre
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'Confidence Games' argues that money and markets do not exist in a vacuum, but grow in a profoundly cultual medium, reflecting and in turn shaping their world. To understand the ongoing changes in the economy, one must consider the influence of art, philosophy and religion.
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Mark Taylor

<P> Dr Mark Taylor is a lecturer in the School of<P> Business and Humanities, Institute of<P> Technology, Sligo.<P> Dr Mark Taylor is a lecturer in the School of Business and Humanities, Institute of Technology, Sligo.

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