9780415254069

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415254069

  • ISBN10:

    041525406X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-05-23
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

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 Capitalismholds 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Anthony Giddens
Translator's Preface xxv
Author's Introduction xxviii
PART I The Problem 1(50)
Religious Affiliation and Social Stratification
3(10)
The Spirit of Capitalism
13(26)
Luther's Conception of the Calling: Task of the Investigation
39(12)
PART II The Practical Ethics of the Ascetic Branches of Protestantism 51(75)
The Religious Foundations of Worldly Asceticism
53(73)
Calvinism
56(24)
Pietism
80(9)
Methodism
89(3)
The Baptist Sects
92(10)
Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism
102(24)
Notes 126(137)
Index 263

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