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    How is Bitcoin Money?Ole Bjerg - 2016 - Theory, Culture and Society 33 (1):53-72.
    Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer electronic payment system that operates as an independent currency. This paper is a philosophical investigation of the ontological constitution of Bitcoin. Using Slavoj Žižek’s ontological triad of the real, the symbolic and the imaginary, the paper distinguishes between three ideal typical theories of money: commodity theory, fiat theory, and credit theory. The constitution of Bitcoin is analysed by comparing the currency to each of these ideal types. It is argued that Bitcoin is commodity money without gold, (...)
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    Conspiracy Theory: Truth Claim or Language Game?Ole Bjerg & Thomas Presskorn-Thygesen - 2017 - Theory, Culture and Society 34 (1):137-159.
    The paper is a contribution to current debates about conspiracy theories within philosophy and cultural studies. Wittgenstein’s understanding of language is invoked to analyse the epistemological effects of designating particular questions and explanations as a ‘conspiracy theory’. It is demonstrated how such a designation relegates these questions and explanations beyond the realm of meaningful discourse. In addition, Agamben’s concept of sovereignty is applied to explore the political effects of using the concept of conspiracy theory. The exceptional epistemological status assigned to (...)
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    Parallax of Growth: The Philosophy of Ecology and Economy.Ole Bjerg - 2016 - Malden, MA: Polity.
    Contemporary capitalism is caught in a dual crisis of economy and ecology. Central to both dimensions of this crisis is the issue of growth. On the one hand, capitalist economies must exhibit perpetual growth in order to function properly. On the other hand, the expansion of capitalist production and consumption ultimately interferes with the processes of natural growth that we find within the domain of ecology. Parallax of Growth explores the ideas of economy and ecology and the factors that have (...)
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    Drug Addiction and Capitalism: Too Close to the Body.Ole Bjerg - 2008 - Body and Society 14 (2):1-22.
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    Accelerating Luhmann.Ole Bjerg - 2006 - Theory, Culture and Society 23 (5):49-68.
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    Etik uden moral: det gode menneske i det postmoderne samfund.Ole Bjerg - 2010 - København: Museum Tusculanums Forlag.
    Med afsæt i Niklas Luhmanns systemteori og med eksempler inden for videnskab, kunst, økonomi m.m. argumenterer forfatteren for at der i dag ikke findes et etisk regelsæt som kan fortælle os hvad vi skal gøre og ikke gøre.
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    Too Close to the Money.Ole Bjerg - 2009 - Theory, Culture and Society 26 (4):47-66.
    This article explores the relationship between gambling and capitalism. The subjective being of the compulsive gambler provides insight into the role of money in capitalism. Using the Lacanian approach of Žižek, money is analysed as a sublime object of capitalist ideology. In gambling, however, the subject engages money in a very direct encounter with the Lacanian `Real', circumventing the ordinary symbolic order of capitalism. This results in a momentary de-sublimation of money, stripping it of the metaphysical properties otherwise vested in (...)
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