The Vice of Luxury Hardback

Economic Excess in a Consumer Age

by David Cloutier;

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The Vice of Luxury

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Luxury. The word alone conjures up visions of visions of attractive, desirable lifestyle choices, yet it also faces criticism as a moral vice harmful to both the self and society. Engaging with ideas from business, marketing, and economics, The Vice of Luxury takes on the challenging task of naming how much is too much in today's consumer-oriented society. David Cloutier's critique goes to the heart of a fundamental contradiction. Though overconsumption and materialism make us uneasy, they also seem inevitable in advanced economies. Current studies of economic ethics focus on the structural problems of poverty, of international trade, of workers' rights -- but rarely, if ever, do such studies speak directly to the excesses of the wealthy, including the middle classes of advanced economies. Cloutier proposes a new approach to economic ethics that focuses attention on our everyday economic choices. He shows why luxury is a problem, explains how to identify what counts as the vice of luxury today, and develops an ethic of consumption that is grounded in Christian moral convictions.

The Vice of Luxury by David Cloutier was published by Georgetown University Press in December 2015. The ISBN for The Vice of Luxury is 9781626162709.

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Details for The Vice of Luxury

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherGeorgetown University Press (December 2015)
Number of Pages336
Thickness22 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4336430
Page last updated 22nd November 2016
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