The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

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Courier Corporation, Apr 19, 2012 - History - 320 pages
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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Contents

Title Page
AUTHORS INTRODUCTION
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION AND SOCIAL
LUTHERS CONCEPTION OF THE CALLING
CAPITALISM
NOTES
INDEX
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