Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

ISBN-10: 0140439218
ISBN-13: 9780140439212
Edition: 2004
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Description: In The Protestant Ethic, Max Weber opposes the Marxist concept of dialectical materialism and relates the rise of the capitalist economy to the Calvinist belief in the moral value of hard work and the fulfillment of one's worldly duties. Based on  More...

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 4/30/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

In The Protestant Ethic, Max Weber opposes the Marxist concept of dialectical materialism and relates the rise of the capitalist economy to the Calvinist belief in the moral value of hard work and the fulfillment of one's worldly duties. Based on the original 1905 edition, this volume includes, along with Weber's treatise, an illuminating introduction, a wealth of explanatory notes, and exemplary responses and remarks-both from Weber and his critics-sparked by publication of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. This is the first English translation of the 1905 German text and the first volume to include Weber's unexpurgated responses to his critics, which reveal important developments in and clarifications of Weber's argument.

Max Weber, a German political economist, legal historian, and sociologist, had an impact on the social sciences that is difficult to overestimate. According to a widely held view, he was the founder of the modern way of conceptualizing society and thus the modern social sciences. His major interest was the process of rationalization, which characterizes Western civilization---what he called the "demystification of the world." This interest led him to examine the three types of domination or authority that characterize hierarchical relationships: charismatic, traditional, and legal. It also led him to the study of bureaucracy; all of the world's major religions; and capitalism, which he viewed as a productof the Protestant ethic. With his contemporary, the French sociologist Emile Durkheim---they seem not to have known each other's work---he created modern sociology.

Max Weber (1864-1920), the German sociologist and historian, significantly influenced the development of modern social science through his attempts to develop a systematic methodology for cross-cultural studies. He also published comparative studies of authority and domination and emphasized the importance of bureaucracy in modern Western societies.

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
Note on the Translation
The Protestant Ethic and the "Spirit" of Capitalism (1905)
"Churches" and "Sects" in North America (1906)
Critical Remarks in Response to the Foregoing "Critical Contributions" (1907) (Weber's first rejoinder to H. Karl Fischer)
Remarks on the Foregoing "Reply" (1908) (Weber's second rejoinder to H. Karl Fischer)
Rebuttal of the Critique of the "Spirit" of Capitalism (1910) (Weber's first rejoinder to Felix Rachfahl)
A Final Rebuttal of Rachfahl's Critique of the "Spirit of Capitalism" (1910)
Appendixes
Rejoinders to Werner Sombart and Lujo Brentano (1920)
Prefactory Remarks to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion (1920)

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