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The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism Max Webertranslated by Talcott Parsonswith an introduction by Anthony Giddens [Text]

Material type: TextTextSeries: Routledge classics. Publisher: London Routledge 2001, c1930Description: xlii, 271 p. 20 cm pbk.ISBN: 9780415254069.Subject(s): Sociology, Christian | Capitalism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Christian ethics | Protestant work ethicDDC classification: 306.6
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Max Weber's best-known and most controversial work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, first published in 1904, remains to this day a powerful and fascinating read. Weber's highly accessible style is just one of many reasons for his continuing popularity. The book contends that the Protestant ethic made possible and encouraged the development of capitalism in the West. Widely considered as the most informed work ever written on the social effects of advanced capitalism, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism holds its own as one of the most significant books of the twentieth century. The book is one of those rare works of scholarship which no informed citizen can afford to ignore.

Originally published: Great Britain : Allen and Unwin, 1930

Includes bibliographical references and index

Translated from the German

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction
  • Translator's Preface
  • Author's Introduction
  • Part 1 The Problem
  • 1 Religious Affiliation and Social Stratification
  • 2 The Spirit of Capitalism
  • 3 Luther's Conception of the Calling: Task of the Investigation.
  • Part 2 The Practical Ethics of the Ascetic Branches of Protestantism
  • 4 The Religious Foundations of Worldly Asceticism
  • 1 Calvinism
  • 2 Pietism
  • 3 Methodism
  • 4 The Baptist Sects
  • 5 Ascetisism and the Spirit of Capitalism Notes
  • Index

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Weber's classic work (in sociology, economics, religious studies, history of ideas) is more often cited than read and this new translation is worthwhile if for no other reason than serving to rectify that neglect. Kalberg (Boston Univ. and author of Max Weber's Comparative-Historical Sociology, CH, Jul'94) has produced an improved translation, the first since Talcott Parson's oft-criticized version of 1930. (In one notable example, Parson's "iron cage" is more accurately, if less elegantly, translated as "steel-hard casing.") Kalberg renders Weber's work more accessible by identifying persons named in the text and translating foreign phrases. Other helpful aids include a glossary and a subject guide to Weber's extensive footnotes. The introduction historically contextualizes Weber's work in prior debates over the origins of capitalism and summarizes key ideas. Though not new translations, the inclusion of Weber's essay Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism, with its American focus, and his Prefatory Remarks to Essays in the Sociology of Religion, with its more global viewpoint, add breadth to the primary text. Interest in Weber continues unabated, and this particular work retains relevance to contemporary debates concerning capitalism, modernity, and secularization. Highly recommended; all readership groups and levels. J. Gresham Fontbonne College

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