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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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 208 x 18mm | 299.37g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 048642703X
  • 9780486427034
  • 36,687

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

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