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Weber and the Persistence of Religion : Social Theory, Capitalism and the Sublime - Joseph W. H. Lough

Weber and the Persistence of Religion

Social Theory, Capitalism and the Sublime

Hardcover Published: 11th May 2006
ISBN: 9780415343527
Number Of Pages: 140

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There is an increasing interest in religion and belief and the diverse forms these take in the contemporary world. This timely book provides a unique analysis of these issues through a discussion of the work of Marx and Weber.

Taking Max Weber's interpretations of capitalism and religion as its point of departure, Weber and the Persistence of Religion re-examines a wide range of classical and contemporary texts, including Immanuel Kant, Foucault and Jean Baudrillard, to help explain the peculiar character of religion and spirituality in mature capitalist societies.

This book shows how the peculiar disembodied character of contemporary spirituality and religion, along with the disenchanted character of public life, may be formally related to the increasingly disembodied, immaterial character of value in capitalist societies. It will be of interest to students and scholars of Social Theory, History, the Sociology of Religion and Philosophy.

"Recommended." -- L. Braude, Choice

Introduction: Contemporary religion
The Retreat of Ultimate and Sublime Values
Disembodiment And The Sublime: The Birth Of Modern Religion
The "Spirit" Of Capitalism
The Hiatus Irrationalis
The Prophetic Pneuma
The Community Unto Death
The Body Of Religion
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ISBN: 9780415343527
ISBN-10: 0415343526
Series: Routledge Advances in Sociology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 11th May 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 16.15  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1