The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism with Other Writings on the Rise of the West

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  • Copyright: 2008-09-04
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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For more than 100 years, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism has set the parameters for the debate over the origins of modern capitalism. Now more timely and thought-provoking than ever, this esteemed classic of twentieth-century social science examines the deep cultural "frameof mind" that influences work life to this day in northern America and Western Europe. Stephen Kalberg's internationally acclaimed translation captures the essence of Weber's style as well as the subtlety of his descriptions and causal arguments. Now, for the first time in one volume, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism with Other Writings on the Rise of the West integrates Weber's exploration of the spirit of capitalism's origins with his larger project: a multi-causal analysis of the West's distinctiveness and its sources.Weber's texts present wide-ranging discussions on the Western city, state, forms of rulership and law, and modes of economic innovation. Moreover, in many selections Weber offers in-depth and insightful comparisons to China and India. Readings on the "economic ethics" of Confucianism, Buddhism,Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Catholicism further illuminate the distinct qualities of the West's trajectory and its diverse causes. A separate section examines the long-range influence of the ascetic Protestant sects and churches on American society. To draw readers into the material, this engaging volume includes extended introductions by the editor, many new translations, a chronology of Weber's life, an expanded glossary and bibliography, and numerous clarifying endnotes. In addition, Kalberg addresses a variety of debates concerning thecentral elements of contemporary life. Ideal for courses in sociology, anthropology, political science, history, international relations, and economics, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism with Other Writings on the Rise of the West is an essential resource for anyone seeking tounderstand the origins and endurance of the modern West.

Author Biography

Stephen Kalberg is Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University and an affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. He is the editor of Max Weber: Readings and Commentary on Modernity (2005) and author of Max Weber's Comparative-Historical Sociology (1994). He teaches courses in sociological theory and comparative political cultures.

Table of Contents

General Introduction: Max Weber and the Modern Westp. vii
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalismp. 1
Introduction to the Translationp. 3
Introduction to The Protestant Ethicp. 7
Endnotesp. 49
Referencesp. 54
The Problem
Religious Affiliation and Social Stratificationp. 61
The Spirit of Capitalismp. 69
Luther's Conception of the Callingp. 89
The Task of the Investigationp. 95
The Vocational Ethic of Ascetic Protestantism
The Religious Foundations of This-Worldly Asceticismp. 101
Calvinismp. 103
Pietismp. 123
Methodismp. 130
The Baptizing Sects and Churchesp. 133
Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalismp. 141
The Protestant Sects in America and the Uniqueness of Western Rationalismp. 161
Introductionp. 163
The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalismp. 185
"Churches" and "Sects" in North America: An Ecclesiastical Sociopolitical Sketchp. 200
Prefatory Remarks to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion (1920)p. 205
Demarcating the Uniqueness of the West Through Comparisons: Magic and the Economic Ethics of the World Religionsp. 221
Introductionp. 223
Main Concepts: Economic Ethics, Social Carriers, Sacred Law, and the Ethic of Convictionp. 238
India: Hinduism and Buddhismp. 257
China: Confucianismp. 268
Confucianism and Puritanismp. 275
Judaismp. 290
The Middle East: Islamp. 300
The West: Ancient Christianity and Catholicismp. 304
The Rise of Modern Capitalism: The Western Rationalism and Modern Western Rationalism Deep Contextsp. 311
Introductionp. 313
Comparative Cases: China and Indiap. 349
The Ancient and Medieval Cities in the West: Fraternization, Incorporation, and the Dissolution of Clan Tiesp. 370
The Putting-Out System, Modes of Financing, Mercantilism, and the Factoryp. 377
The Definition of Modern Capitalism, and the Relationship of Feudalism and Patrimonialism to Capitalismp. 392
The West's Cross-State Competition versus Hierocracy and Caesaropapismp. 397
Juridical Formalism and the Rational Statep. 400
Ethos and Education under Feudalism and Patrimonialism, Clerical Education, and the Puritans' Mass Intellectualismp. 407
The Sect, Democracy, Tolerance, Freedom of Conscience, and a Cosmos of Abstract Normsp. 413
Bureaucratization, Democracy, and Modern Capitalismp. 416
The Impersonality of the Market and Discipline in the Modern Capitalist Factoryp. 426
Weber's Summary Statements on "The Protestant Ethic Thesis"p. 431
The Development of the Capitalist Frame of Mind (1919-1920)p. 431
A Final Rebuttal to a Critic of "Spirit of Capitalism" (1910)p. 435
Reading The Protestant Ethic: The Text and the Endnotesp. 449
Suggested Further Readingp. 455
The Protestant Ethic Thesis and the Protestant Ethic Debatep. 455
Max Weber: Life and Workp. 456
Notes for The Protestant Ethicp. 458
Literature Citedp. 553
Writings of Max Weberp. 553
Secondary Literature Citedp. 554
Acknowledgmentsp. 556
A Chronology of Max Weber's Lifep. 557
Glossaryp. 560
Name Indexp. 571
Subject Indexp. 575
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