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Money is generally understood as a “universal means of exchange” and therefore as a quasi-natural economic instrument (see 1). Along with capitalism, industrialization, and modernization, money has spread across the whole world and promotes such things as the division of labor, freedom, and culture. Yet it is not just an economic instrument. It also promotes the development of a comprehensive intellectual and social power, as may be seen in its contacts with other spheres, for example, in the way a subject directs abstract thought toward an object (with such forms as identity, space, and time), autonomous individuals are detached from the world around them and other individuals (individual ethics, competition, the pressure to achieve and to save), and the legal subject is engaged with property, contractual relations, relations between capitalists and the labor force, centralized political and bureaucratic organization (Bureaucracy). Religious and ethical reservations regarding money, especially usury and interest, have sensed something of all these aspects (see 2).

in The Encyclopedia of Christianity Online
In: Kulturwissenschaften
In: Linker Kitsch
In: Die Dichter der Philosophen
In: Die Dichter der Philosophen
In: Die Dichter der Philosophen