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The 22nd Annual Ruskin Lecture

September 8, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Last updated 09/02/2022

Join us for The 22nd Annual Ruskin Lecture, with Professor Eugene McCarraher.

The Economy of Heaven: Ruskin, Capitalism, and the Postcapitalist Future

While John Ruskin has been recognized as one of the 19th century’s most trenchant critics of capitalism, the religious character of his criticism is often ignored, and its contemporary significance is either dismissed or unappreciated. But Ruskin’s opposition to capitalism was rooted in a (heterodox) Christian understanding of creation and humanity, a sacramental conception of reality that is urgently relevant as we veer—with economic and ecological despoliation looming—toward some sort of postcapitalist world. Ruskin’s notion of “the economy of heaven” enables us to envision a world after capitalism that is more humane, generous, and ecological sensitive than we can achieve by relying on political and technological solutions alone.

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022

Time: Reception 5:00 p.m. PST, Lecture 6:00 p.m. PST

Location: Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall

Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240

3550 Trousdale Parkway, USC

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September 8, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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