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The spirit of luxury

The spirit of luxury
The spirit of luxury
The aim of this article is to introduce and examine the concept of the “spirit of luxury.” Accordingly, we commence by delineating the philosophical idea of luxury, emphasizing its discursive meaning, and contemplating its earliest historical and etymological origins. We continue through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by means of a discussion of the philosophical, political, and economic writings of David Hume, Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, Émile Louis Victor Laveleye, and Werner Sombart. Employing Sombart’s sociological work on the spirit of capitalism, we advance and elaborate on the notion of the spirit of luxury. Offering a “Sombartian” account of recent luxury research, specifically the core contributions to this special issue of Cultural Politics, we conclude by critically assessing the concepts of luxury, spirit, and capitalism

luxury, spirit, capitalism
1743-2197
1-22
Armitage, John
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Roberts, Joanne
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Armitage, John
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Roberts, Joanne
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Armitage, John and Roberts, Joanne (2016) The spirit of luxury. Cultural Politics, 12 (1), 1-22. (doi:10.1215/17432197-3436283).

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The aim of this article is to introduce and examine the concept of the “spirit of luxury.” Accordingly, we commence by delineating the philosophical idea of luxury, emphasizing its discursive meaning, and contemplating its earliest historical and etymological origins. We continue through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by means of a discussion of the philosophical, political, and economic writings of David Hume, Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, Émile Louis Victor Laveleye, and Werner Sombart. Employing Sombart’s sociological work on the spirit of capitalism, we advance and elaborate on the notion of the spirit of luxury. Offering a “Sombartian” account of recent luxury research, specifically the core contributions to this special issue of Cultural Politics, we conclude by critically assessing the concepts of luxury, spirit, and capitalism

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 September 2015
Published date: March 2016
Keywords: luxury, spirit, capitalism
Organisations: Winchester School of Art

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Local EPrints ID: 382056
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/382056
ISSN: 1743-2197
PURE UUID: 6cd73547-82d4-4a63-8329-2669fb1efff9
ORCID for Joanne Roberts: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5337-1698

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Date deposited: 22 Oct 2015 10:33
Last modified: 22 Oct 2019 00:36

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