The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-01
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For more than 100 years, Max Weber's 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 "frame of mind" that existed at the birth of modern capitalism and to this day influences attitudes toward work in northern America and Western Europe. In this volume, Stephen Kalberg revises his internationally acclaimed translation--using shorter sentences and more lucid language--to make the work even more accessible to students and other readers. Capturing the essence of Weber's style as well as the subtlety of his descriptions and causal arguments, this is the only translation of the revised 1920 edition of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism published since 1930. To draw readers into the material, this engaging volume includes extensive introductions by the editor, a chronology of Weber's life, a glossary, and numerous clarifying endnotes. Detailed commentaries discuss the controversies Weber addressed, explain his complex causal argument by reference to the general contours of his sociology, summarize the history of "the Protestant Ethic debate," and examine the significance of "the Protestant Sects" essays. Ideal for courses in sociology, anthropology, political science, history, international relations, economics, and cultural studies, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand 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.

Table of Contents

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Introduction to the Translationp. 3
Introduction to the Protestant Ethicp. 8
The Problem
Religious Affiliation and Social Stratificationp. 67
The ˘Spirit÷ of Capitalismp. 76
Luther's Conception of the Callingp. 99
The Task of the investigationp. 106
The Vocational Ethic of Ascetic Protestantism
The Religious Foundations of This-Worldly Asceticismp. 113
Calvinismp. 115
Pietismp. 138
Methodismp. 146
The Baptizing Sects and Churchesp. 149
Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalismp. 158
The Protestant Sects in America and the Uniqueness of Western Rationalism
Introductionp. 183
The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalismp. 209
˘Churches÷ and ˘Sects÷ in North America: an Ecclesiastical Sociopolitical Sketchp. 227
Prefatory Remarks to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion (1920)p. 233
Weber's Summary Statements on ˘The Protestant Ethic Thesis÷p. 251
The Development of the Capitalist Frame of Mind (1919-1920)p. 251
A Final Rebuttal to a Critic of ˘spirit of Capitalism÷ (1910)p. 256
Reading The Protestant Ethic: The Text and the Endnotesp. 272
Suggested Further Readingp. 280
The Protestant Ethic Thesis and the Protestant Ethic Debatep. 280
Max Weber: Life and Workp. 282
Notes for the Protestant Ethicp. 284
Literature Citedp. 401
Writings of Max Weberp. 401
Secondary Literature Citedp. 403
Acknowledgmentsp. 411
A Chronology of Max Weber's Lifep. 412
Glossaryp. 416
Name Indexp. 429
Subject Indexp. 435
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