The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
^Max Weber's best-known and most controversial work, "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism", first published in 1904, remains to this day a powerful and fascinating read. Weber's highly accessible style is just one of many reasons for his...
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^Max Weber's best-known and most controversial work, "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism", first published in 1904, remains to this day a powerful and fascinating read. Weber's highly accessible style is just one of many reasons for his continuing popularity. The book contends that the Protestant ethic made possible and encouraged the development of capitalism in the West. Widely considered as the most informed work ever written on the social effects of advanced capitalism, "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism" holds its own as one of the most significant books of the twentieth century. The book is one of those rare works of scholarship which no informed citizen can afford to ignore.
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.
- Introduction By Anthony Giddens, Translator's Preface, Author's Introduction Part 1: The Problem 1. Religious Affiliation And Social Stratification 2.the Spirit Of Capitalism 3. Luther's Conception Of The Calling: Task Of The Investigation. Part 2: The Practical Ethics Of The Ascetic Branches Of Protestantism 4.the Religious Foundations Of Worldly Asceticism 1. Calvinism 2. Pietism 3. Methodism 4. The Baptist Sects 5. Ascetisism And The Spirit Of Capitalism Notes Index