The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

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Independently Published, May 16, 2017 - 375 pages
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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.This is a exact reproduction of the 1930 original edition translated by Talcott Parsons with a Foreword by R. H. Tawney.

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User Review  - deusvitae - LibraryThing

Weber's sociological magnum opus on the relationship between Protestantism, specifically Calvinism and Puritanism, and the development of the capitalistic spirit in the West. He goes through all of ... Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Even now, this is a profoundly interesting and detailed book, being the foundation of economic sociology, and is of considerable use today. The main thesis is that several Christian denominations ... Read full review

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