Spring Honors Lecture to Discuss “The Devil and Economics”

Mar 14, 2019

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Adam Kotsko, an American writer, theologian, religious scholar, and translator, will present “The Devil and Economics” on Thursday, March 28, at 6:00 p.m. in Charles C. Myers Library’s Couchman Reading Room on the University of Dubuque campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Kotsko will be speaking on the themes of his most recent book, “Neoliberalism's Demons: On the Political Theology of Late Capital.” Kotsko's primary concern is the way in which neoliberal capitalism promises unfettered free choice. He argues that in practice such choice creates the conditions for people to be held accountable for their failings but not enough freedom to create meaningful social change.

Kotsko, who works chiefly in the field of political theology, is on the faculty of the Shimer Great Books School at North Central College. His research focuses on political theology, continental philosophy, and the history of Christian thought. Kotsko is known for his interpretative work on Slavoj Žižek and Giorgio Agamben, as well as his writing on American popular culture.

The lecture is sponsored by the UD Scholar-Leader Honors Program, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and the UD Department of Philosophy, Politics, and History.