The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

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 Web
  • Title: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
  • Author: Max Weber Michael D. Coe Talcott Parsons R.H. Tawney
  • ISBN: 9780486427034
  • Page: 232
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  • 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 throughThe 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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  • Max Weber Michael D. Coe Talcott Parsons R.H. Tawney

    Arabic Maximilian Carl Emil Weber was a German lawyer, politician, historian, sociologist and political economist, who profoundly influenced social theory and the remit of sociology itself His major works dealt with the rationalization, bureaucratization and disenchantment associated with the rise of capitalism Weber was, along with his associate Georg Simmel, a central figure in the establishment of methodological antipositivism presenting sociology as a non empirical field which must study social action through resolutely subjective means.

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  • I think you could get away with reading just chapter five of this one that is where the guts of the argument is It is not that the rest of the book is completely uninteresting, but it is much less interesting It is in this final chapter that the real thesis is worked out A thumbnail version goes like this There appears to be lots Protestant capitalists than there are Catholic ones Also, Protestant countries tend to be economically developed than Catholic ones so why Marxism would say that peop [...]


  • One of the central disputes in Protestantism had long been that between the Calvinists and the Arminians The Calvinist believed that every person had been chosen by God in the beginning to be either saved or damned, and that there was nothing anybody could do to change his decision These elect individuals could not be certain of their salvation, but they might be identified by their tendency to live lives of piety and goodness In contrast, the followers of Arminius thought that each individual c [...]


  • For years we have been assaulted by politicians and religious leaders preaching the Christian work ethic, yet I find little justification, if any, for the concept anywhere in the New Testament I happened to be discussing this with my dad a while ago, who also happens to be one of the smartest people I know, and he recommended Weber s book First published in 1905, it provoked considerable controversy Weber s thought was grounded in a belief that history is of critical portance to the social scien [...]


  • Protestantism is ballin.Amazing how much this book is about the hustler spirit dude who d buy in bulk, talk to his customers and push volume, figure out how to innovate to make a better product Break with tradition And apparently protestant women are very best at innovating, so says Weber.Weber basically writes to Marx at a couple points, referring to materialist theories, basically saying that Southern US plantations had all the time and talk of capitalists but the northern homesteaders got ric [...]



  • 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, mainly Calvinists, etc believed that economic and social prosperity has a religious basis that God has bestowed the gifts of success to these people, and therefore this should be imitated Hence the Protestant Work Ethic a religiously sanctioned form of capitalism.As the prominence of religion waxed and [...]


  • Protestants are truly enlightened And their school of thought is the basis of western civilization today I am a Muslim but out of fairness, I admire them.


  • In The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber explores the relationship between certain religious characteristics of Protestantism and the spirit, or ethos , of capitalism He argues certain sects of Protestantism, primarily Calvinism, played a central role in capitalism s eventual cultural dominance Weber begins with the observation that Protestants overwhelmingly comprise the business elite and skilled labor force in comparison to Catholics According to Weber, this is true acr [...]


  • This book has and continues to recieve positive acclaim However, Weber s work is not only Euro centric and anti Catholic, but relies on the use of a dichotamous inclusive exclusive framework of logic At the introduction of the text, the author endeavours to demonstrate the uniqueness of Western civilization relative to others as well as emphasize its alleged universal significance and value At first glance, being different and universal appears to be paradoxical However, the author overcomes inc [...]


  • It didn t exactly impress me nor did it convince me I found Weber s notion of an innocent and idealistic capitalism where profit is not the objective and the entrepreneurs should work for the uninterrupted trading of goods and capital, totally utopian It does not apply to our time and age, where capitalists have shown their true colours and their one and only concern profit, whatever the cost.So, The Protestant Ethic probably teaches us what good ideas can turn into It is difficult to get throug [...]


  • I read this book as a challenge that evolved out of a heated argument I had in a bar with a friend on the socioeconomic side effects of religion.Although Max Weber is acclaimed as, among others, a sociologist, I must say that this book is anything but sociology It is a heap of anecdotal short stories which might as well have been cherry picked by an uninformed child No statistics, no control groups, no systematic studies, nothing which would pass for even a semblance of science in 2017.That bein [...]


  • Dans L thique protestante et l esprit du capitalisme Max Weber examine une mentalit favourable au d veloppement du capitalisme qui est n e dans les populations protestantes aux pays anglophones et germanophones pendant la R forme 1517 1648 C.E Aux yeux de Weber, ce n tait pas la mont e du capitalisme qui a cr e une religion pro capitaliste protestante Plut t, c tait une nouvelle id ologie protestante qui a donn naissance au capitalisme industriel modern.Weber examine tous des grands courants pro [...]



  • Max Weber 1864 1920 ,escreveu A tica Protestante e o Esp rito do Capitalismo , onde questionou o marxismo e o positivismo Foi ousado ao romper c nones tradicionaisProdutivo.Estudioso Tocou v rias vertentes do saber Colapsou se com a vida que teve,acompanhada da depress o Pol tico sem voca oNunca se perdoouRetomou a vida acad mica.Pesquisou e repensou.Repensou seResignou se e desistiu.Desencantou se.Rendeu se.Quebrou e morreu


  • One exceptionally glaring omission in this otherwise keen survey is how and why if at all Protestantism was part and parcel of the separation from workers from the means of production and the development of the market in labor power How did it justify this Why did it justify it Or did it simply not recognize this event ideology While it s certainly true that Protestantism is the ideal religion to augment capitalism in society, Weber, in tracing the development from Luther, to Calvin, to Protesta [...]




  • Ai naibii de grea cartea, mai ales pentru o minte profan Stilul lui e Weber e groaznic, cu fraze extrem de ntortocheate, ceea ce face urm rirea firului ideii foarte dificil O bun parte din carte se axeaz pe analiza dogmelor diverselor curente protestante, iar dac nu tii prea multe despre ele, argumentarea lui Weber e un v rtej n care te pierzi i nu mai n elegi nimic Ideea de baz e ns interesant i trebuie n eleas n toat specificitatea ei, de unde i minu iozitatea argument rii lui Weber Din cauza [...]


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  • This review concerns the Norton Critical Edition of Weber s work The Protestant Ethic is a dramatic, seductive, original work that, despite its controversial premise, deserves an edition such as this The edition employs the classic 1930 Parsons translation along with the translator s preface The text is left almost entirely unchanged The editor occasionally modifies a footnote to clarify a cross reference or explain a foreign phrase left untranslated A glossary of key terms or controversially tr [...]


  • It s less scary that I find this book intellectually inspiring than that I find that it speaks to me on a personal level The Puritan wanted to work in calling we are forced to do so For when asceticism was carried out of monastic cells into everyday life, and began to dominate worldly morality, it did its part in building the tremendous cosmos of the modern economic order This order is now bound to the technical and economic conditions of machine production which today determine the lives of all [...]


  • Bit racist to be honest Kind of promotes this idea of European American Protestant superiority, which makes sense the you learn about Weber s personal life, but doesn t really appeal to me Firstly because I m a Catholic, and secondly because I amn t a racist.I studied Weber last year in college, along with Marx and Durkheim While Marx and Durkheim both had some good points going for them, Weber was just a dope Even his research wasn t always properly conducted I get that he s an important socio [...]


  • Although this is very Eurocentric, it was ground breaking at the time Also, it is fascinating to look at the connections between religious beliefs and social practices Having lived in Italy definitely brought me face to face with my own Calvinist origins, and the black and white vision that that philosophy brings with it.


  • Webber describes one of the mechanisms of modernity or precisely influencing factors of capitalisms as the protestant ethic or as he puts it the ethic of greed What he points out is that along with the development of capitalism so also a set of ethical standards developed conducive to these goals of capitalism.


  • Apparently won t let me review multiple translations of the same work I started with the Talcott Parsons translation, and although I admire his work, he is not a gifted translator I m switching to the Penguin Classics edition translated by Peter Baehr.






  • this book was somewhat difficult to get through because of the footnotes i have trouble with footnotes , once you get that point though, it s a fantastic book it discusses why the capitalist system we have now, and the morality we have now is the way it is we have all heard of the protestant ethic yes it is that you must work hard, without pleasuring yourself too much, for the sake of pleasing god working as hard as you can allows a person to most effectively utilize the gifts god has given them [...]


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