The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
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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Ever careful of confirmation bias, I wonder over and over if the poverty and misery is proportional to the slavish attention to superstition and mythology.
PREFACE TO NEW EDITION
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND SOCIAL STRATIFICATION
THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISM
LUTHERS CONCEPTION OF THE CALLING TASK OF THE INVESTIGATION
THE PRACTICAL ETHICS OF THE ASCETIC BRANCHES OF PROTESTANTISM
THE RELIGIOUS FOUNDATIONS OF WORLDLY ASCETICISM
The Baptist Sects
ASCETICISM AND THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISM
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