Adam Kotsko is a theologian, religious scholar, culture critic, and translator working in the field of political theology.
It’s hard to avoid conversations about ‘neoliberalism’ these days. The meaning of the term—indeed its very existence—is hotly contested. Adam Kotsko argues in Neoliberalism’s Demons: On the Political Theology of Late Capital (Stanford University Press, 2018) that self-denial is part of the mystifying agenda of neoliberalism itself. Not only is neoliberalism real, it’s the defining ethos of modernity.Neoliberalism’s Demons posits we can best understand neoliberalism through the lens of political theology. Kotsko challenges the dichotomy of economics and politics, suggesting that neoliberalism permeates and unites these two. It does so by importing the moral schema of Christianity which creates the conditions for failure for the express purpose of assigning blame to those who fail. Neoliberalism’s Demons is a concise and persuasive account of the political, economic, and moral universe we inhabit, and is therefore essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand their own condition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Benjamin Adles Wurgaft on the future of meat on planet Earth / Adam Kotsko on the evangelical mind under endtimes capitalism / Andrew Kennis on violence and fear in El Paso
On today’s episode (71 mins) I sit down with my old friend Adam Kotsko of Shimer College. Many of you will know Adam not only from his academic work and pop culture writing, but also from his writing at An und für sich. We talk about how he became an academic, why he does the work he does, and have a conversation about pedagogy and the future of higher education. 
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Jul 19th, 1980
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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3 hours, 39 minutes
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