published on May 5, 2020
Debt as a Form of Life
Review essay of Elettra Stimilli, The Debt of the Living: Ascesis and Capitalism, and Elettra Stimilli, Debt and Guilt: A Political Philosophy
This article is a review of two recently translated books by Italian philosopher Elettra Stimilli: The Debt of the Living: Ascesis and Capitalism (Albany: SUNY Press, 2017; translated by Arianna Bove) and Debt and Guilt: A Political Philosophy (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018; translated by Stefania Porcelli). The essay critically engages with (1) Stimilli’s interpretation of the nexus between ascesis and capitalism; (2) her account of the ascetic dimensions of contemporary economies of debt; (3) her reflections on the subversive potential of ascesis in the context of contemporary regimes of neoliberal governance.