Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

ISBN-10: 048642703X

ISBN-13: 9780486427034

Edition: 2003

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". . . a brilliant study of the psychological conditions which made possible the development of capitalist civilization."-The New RepublicThis brilliant study-the author's best-known and most controversial work-opposes the Marxist concept of dialectical materialism and its view that change takes place through the conflict of opposites. Instead, Weber relates the rise of a capitalist economy to the Puritan determination to work out anxiety over salvation or damnation by performing good deeds-an effort that ultimately discouraged belief in predestination and encouraged capitalism. Weber's classic has long been required reading in college and advanced high school social studies classrooms. 1958 ed. Notes.
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List price: $9.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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.

Talcott Parsons, an American sociologist, introduced Max Weber to American sociology and became himself the leading theorist of American sociology after World War II. His Structure of Social Action (1937) is a detailed comparison of Alfred Marshall, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Vilfredo Pareto. Parsons concluded that these four scholars, coming from contrasting backgrounds and from four different countries, converged, without their knowing of the others, on a common theoretical and methodological position that he called "the voluntaristic theory of action." Subsequently, Parsons worked closely with the anthropologists Clyde Kluckhohn, Elton Mayo, and W. Lloyd Warner, and the psychologists Gordon W. Allport and Henry A. Murray, to define social, cultural, and personality systems as the three main interpenetrative types of action organization. He is widely known for his use of four pattern variables for characterizing social relationships:affectivity versus neutrality, diffuseness versus specificity, particularism versus universalism, and ascription versus achievement.

Translator's Preface
Preface to New Edition
Foreword
Author's Introduction
The Problem
Religious Affiliation and Social Stratification
The Spirit of Capitalism
Luther's Conception of the Calling. Task of the Investigation
The Practical Ethics of the Ascetic Branches of Protestantism
The Religious Foundations of Worldly Asceticism
Calvinism
Pietism
Methodism
The Baptist Sects
Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism
Notes
Index
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