The traditional Christian concept of moderation in consumption: is it still appropriate to adhere to deconsumption?[Research paper] by Diane de Zélicourt


The author was part of the “Alternative Management” third year program in HEC in 2008/2009. Currently student at the Ecole des Mines de Paris, in a master program: “Energetic Systems Optimisation”. Interested in energetic efficiency in the building sector.

Antique philosophy is well-known for inspiring the Christian moral principles. This is why evocating the concept of moderation leads to think about ascesis, self control and rigorous behaviours. However, current worries regarding the environment and resource shortages make the idea of moderation regularly pop-up in public debates, above all when it comes to criticise our consumption society. How can the Christian idea of moderation find its place in these debates? How did it evolve to be expressed in a more modern way? Finally, is it possible to think about interactions between the Christian speech and other speeches that are critical towards the consumption society?

Quote article  Diane de Zélicourt, « The traditional Christian concept of moderation in consumption: is it still appropriate to adhere to deconsumption? », 10 february 2010, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Research paper]

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