The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit

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The Protestant ethic -- a moral code stressing hard work, rigorous self-discipline, and the organization of one's life in the service of God -- was made famous by sociologist and political economist Max Weber. In this brilliant study (his best-known and most controversial), he opposes the Marxist concept of dialectical materialism and its view that change takes place through "the struggle of opposites." Instead, he 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 study has long been required reading in college and advanced high school social studies classrooms.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 208 x 18mm | 299.37g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 048642703X
  • 9780486427034
  • 39,859

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..".a brilliant study of the psychological conditions which made possible the development of capitalist civilization."

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Table of contents

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE PREFACE TO NEW EDITION FOREWARD AUTHOR'S INTRODUCTION THE PROBLEM CHAPTER I. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND SOCIAL STRATIFICATION II. THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISM III. "LUTHER'S CONCEPTION OF THE CALLING, TASK OF THE INVESTIGATION"   PART II     THE PRACTICAL ETHICS OF THE ASCETIC BRANCHES OF PROTESTANTISM IV. THE RELIGIOUS FOUNDATIONS OF WORDLY ASCETICISM   A. Calvinism   B. Pietism   C. Methodism   D. The Baptist Sects V. ASCETICISM AND THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISM NOTES INDEX

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