In this article I describe how neoliberal hegemony is a deeply disseminated governing rationality that puts the economy at the centre of society, its institutions, and human understanding and action. I argue that if neoliberal rationality and the homo economicus remain at the centre of human understanding and action, the erosion of the institutions, values, and morality organised by non-market rationalities will persevere. I approach this problem by exploring the essentially Christian roots through which the modern Western individual was invented. The acknowledgement and understanding of these religious and moral roots can open up a new perspective of reinventing liberalism and formulating a comprehensive morality for the future.

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Journal Erasmus Student Journal of Philosophy
Kooten, A.M. (Arthur Mathieu) van. (2018). Reinventing Liberalism. Erasmus Student Journal of Philosophy, (13), 6–17. Retrieved from