The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism with Other Writings on the Rise of the West

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byMax WeberEditorSTEPHEN KALBERG

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For more than 100 years, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism has set the parameters for the debate over the origins of modern capitalism. Now more timely and thought-provoking than ever, this esteemed classic of twentieth-century social science examines the deep cultural "frameof mind" that influences work life to this day in northern America and Western Europe. Stephen Kalberg's internationally acclaimed translation captures the essence of Weber's style as well as the subtlety of his descriptions and causal arguments. Now, for the first time in one volume, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism with Other Writings on the Rise of the West integrates Weber's exploration of the spirit of capitalism's origins with his larger project: a multi-causal analysis of the West's distinctiveness and its sources.Weber's texts present wide-ranging discussions on the Western city, state, forms of rulership and law, and modes of economic innovation. Moreover, in many selections Weber offers in-depth and insightful comparisons to China and India. Readings on the "economic ethics" of Confucianism, Buddhism,Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Catholicism further illuminate the distinct qualities of the West's trajectory and its diverse causes. A separate section examines the long-range influence of the ascetic Protestant sects and churches on American society. To draw readers into the material, this engaging volume includes extended introductions by the editor, many new translations, a chronology of Weber's life, an expanded glossary and bibliography, and numerous clarifying endnotes. In addition, Kalberg addresses a variety of debates concerning thecentral elements of contemporary life. Ideal for courses in sociology, anthropology, political science, history, international relations, and economics, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism with Other Writings on the Rise of the West is an essential resource for anyone seeking tounderstand the origins and endurance of the modern West.

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For more than 100 years, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism has set the parameters for the debate over the origins of modern capitalism. Now more timely and thought-provoking than ever, this esteemed classic of twentieth-century social science examines the deep cultural "frameof mind" that influences work life to this da...

Stephen Kalberg is Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University and an affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. He is the editor of Max Weber: Readings and Commentary on Modernity (2005) and author of Max Weber's Comparative-Historical Sociology (1994). He teaches courses in sociol...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.98 inPublished:August 28, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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General Introduction: Max Weber and the Modern West, Stephen KalbergThe Man and His ConcernsMajor Features of Weber's Analysis of the Rise of the West: An OverviewI. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Introduction to the Translation, Stephen KalbergIntroduction to The Protestant Ethic, Stephen KalbergOrganizational Axes, Intellectual Context, and Overall AimsThe Origins of The Protestant EthicFrom the Protestant Ethic to the Spirit of Capitalism and Modern CapitalismThe Protestant Ethic as an Example of Weber's Sociology"The Protestant Ethic Debate"The Influence of The Protestant EthicII. The Protestant Sects in America and the Uniqueness of Western RationalismIntroduction, Stephen KalbergThe Background: The American JourneyBeyond The Protestant Ethic Sect and ChurchThe Sect's Social-Psychological DynamicFrom the Social Psychology of Ethical Action to the Protestant Ethic of the American SectsThe Nineteenth Century: The Spirit of Capitalism of Clubs, Societies, and AssociationsAmerican Political Culture: "American Society is not a Sandpile""Prefatory Remarks": The Later Writings and the Transition to Modern Western RationalismA) "The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism"B) "'Churches' and 'Sects' in North America: An Ecclesiastical Socio-Political Sketch"C) "Prefatory Remarks" to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion (1920)III. Demarcating the Uniqueness of the West Through Comparisons: Magic and the Economic Ethics of the World ReligionsIntroduction, Stephen KalbergSalvation Paths, De-Magification, and the Virtuoso and Lay Devout East and WestThe Economic Ethics of the World ReligionsThe Uniqueness of the West's Salvation ReligionsA) Main Concepts: Economic Ethics, the Influence of Social Carriers, and from Sacred Law to the Ethic of ConvictionB) India: Hinduism and BuddhismC) China: ConfucianismD) Confucianism and PuritanismE) JudaismF) The Middle East: IslamG) The West: Ancient Christianity and CatholicismIV. The Rise of Modern Capitalism: The Western Rationalism and Modern Western Rationalism Deep ContextsIntroduction, Stephen KalbergThe Divergence from The Protestant Ethic after 1910: Methodological and Thematic DevelopmentsWestern Rationalism's Track I: Independent Cities,Christianity, Law, and Citizens in the Western Middle AgesWestern Rationalism's Tracks II: The West's Structural Heterogeneity and the ReformationThe Patrimonial Empires: Absolutism, Mercantilism and the Decline of the Urban RevolutionThe Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: Technology, Science and Religion, the Factory, and CommercializationModern Western Rationalism's Concatenating Groups: Formal-Logical Law, the Modern State, and Bureaucratic RulershipModern Western Rationalism and Modern Capitalism's AutonomyA) Comparative Cases: China and IndiaB) The Ancient and Medieval Cities in the West: Fraternization, Incorporation, and the Dissolution of Clan TiesC) The Putting-Out System, Modes of Financing, Mercantilism, and the FactoryD) The Definition of Modern Capitalism, and the Relationship of Feudalism and Patrimonialism to CapitalismE) The West's Cross-State Competition vs. Hierocracy and CaesaropapismF) Juridical Formalism and the Rational StateG) Ethos and Education under Feudalism and Patrimonialism, Clerical Education, and the Puritans' Mass IntellectualismH) The Sect, Democracy, Tolerance, Freedom of Conscience, and a Cosmos of Abstract NormsI) Bureaucratization, Democracy, and Modern CapitalismJ) The Impersonality of the Market and Discipline in the Modern Capitalist FactoryAppendix I: Weber's Summary Statements on "The Protestant Ethic Thesis"A) The Development of the Capitalist Frame of Mind (1919-1920)B) "A 'Final Rebuttal' to a Critic of 'Spirit of Capitalism'" (1910)Appendix II: Reading The Protestant Ethic: The Text and the EndnotesAppendix III: Suggested Further ReadingA) The Protestant Ethic Thesis and the Protestant Ethic DebateB) Max Weber: Life and WorkNotes for The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of CapitalismLiterature CitedA) Writings of Max WeberB) Secondary LiteratureAcknowledgmentsA Chronology of Max Weber's LifeGlossaryName IndexSubject Index