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The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism : 1st Edition -  Max Weber

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

1st Edition


Published: 30th April 2002
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In The Protestant Ethic, Max Weber opposes the Marxist concept of dialectical materialism and relates the rise of the capitalist economy to the Calvinist belief in the moral value of hard work and the fulfillment of one's worldly duties. Based on the original 1905 edition, this volume includes, along with Weber's treatise, an illuminating introduction, a wealth of explanatory notes, and exemplary responses and remarks-both from Weber and his critics-sparked by publication of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.

This is the first English translation of the 1905 German text and the first volume to include Weber's unexpurgated responses to his critics, which reveal important developments in and clarifications of Weber's argument.

About The Author

Max Weber (1864-1920), German sociologist, one of the founders of modern sociology. He emphasised cultural and political factors as key influences on economic development and individual behaviour. Weber argued for a scientific and value-free approach to research, yet highlighted the importance of meaning and consciousness in understanding social action. His ideas continue to stimulate thought on social stratification, power, organisations, law, and religion. Peter Baehr teaches in the department of politics and sociology at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

Introductionp. ix
Suggestions for Further Readingp. lxv
Note on the Translationp. lxix
The Protestant Ethic and the "Spirit" of Capitalism (1905)p. 1
"Churches" and "Sects" in North America (1906)p. 203
Critical Remarks in Response to the Foregoing "Critical Contributions" (1907) (Weber's first rejoinder to H. Karl Fischer)p. 221
Remarks on the Foregoing "Reply" (1908) (Weber's second rejoinder to H. Karl Fischer)p. 232
Rebuttal of the Critique of the "Spirit" of Capitalism (1910) (Weber's first rejoinder to Felix Rachfahl)p. 244
A Final Rebuttal of Rachfahl's Critique of the "Spirit of Capitalism" (1910)p. 282
Rejoinders to Werner Sombart and Lujo Brentano (1920)p. 341
Prefactory Remarks to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion (1920)p. 356
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ISBN: 9780140439212
ISBN-10: 0140439218
Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th April 2002
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 19.8
Edition Number: 1