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The Protestant Ethic

Lawrence A. Scaff

in Max Weber in America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691147796
eISBN:
9781400836710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691147796.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Population and Demography

This chapter examines the significance of Max Weber's time in Pennsylvania, and particularly his experience of the Fifth Day Quaker service, to his thesis about the Protestant ethic. It first ... More


The Protestant Ethic Debate: Max Weber's Replies to His Critics, 1907-1910

David Chalcraft and Austin Harrington (eds)

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853239765
eISBN:
9781846313868
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313868
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism continues to be one of the most influential texts in the sociology of modern Western societies. Although Weber never produced the further ... More


From the Sects to ‘The City’: Max Weber ‘the fairly pure bourgeois’

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0017
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter examines the social formations Weber associated with religion—the sect and the bourgeois community of the city. It argues that the sectarian idea is a fundamental component of the ... More


Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Peter Ghosh

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This book presents a new portrait of Max Weber, one of the most prestigious social theorists in recent history, using his most famous work, The Protestant Ethic and the “Spirit” of Capitalism, as its ... More


1905–1908: Going into Hibernation

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter begins in 1905 when Weber started writing the PE, noting his detachment towards the text. Weber had no especial liking for the seventeenth-century subject matter of the PE, which relied ... More


Capitalism

Anna Katharina Schaffner

in Exhaustion: A History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231172301
eISBN:
9780231538855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172301.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter focuses on the relationship between work and exhaustion, and analyzes Max Weber's influential book 'The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism', as well as Ivan Goncharov's novel ... More


Recalled to Life: From the ‘Protestant Ethic’ to ‘Economy and Society’ and the World Religions

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0012
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter examines the connections between the PE and ‘Economy and Society’. It considers how Ernst Troeltsch's publication of his great work on the Social Teachings of the Christian Churches in ... More


Religiosity and Modernity (I)

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0014
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter explores the theme of religion that descends from the PE. It demonstrates an essential continuity between the ideas presented in the PE in 1904–5, and those advanced in his second wave ... More


A Narrative 1898–1905

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter discusses how Weber traversed the period from 1898–1905, which marked a great hiatus in his life. It describes his travels, including his time in Italy in the summer of 1900 and his ... More


Religion

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter examines the case of religion, where the discontinuity between the PE and Weber's work in the 1890s is more apparent. It concludes that Weber's speeches and writings in the 1890s show ... More


Religiosity and Modernity (II)

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0015
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter addresses the central issue: what was the substance and significance of Weber's religious thought taken as a whole? In more formal language: what was the Weberian sociology of religion ... More


Capitalism and Herrschaft

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0016
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter addresses another problem in Weber's intellectual biography: where exactly does capitalism fit into his later thinking? It identifies two underlying causes behind his stand-off with ... More


Capitalism: Neither Problem Nor Solution-But Temporary Victim of the Financial Crisis

Liah Greenfeld

in The Intellectual Origins of the Global Financial Crisis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823249602
eISBN:
9780823250752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823249602.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Liah Greenfeld argues that capitalism is neither the problem nor the solution to the financial crisis, but a victim of the crisis. Tracing the emergence of capitalism through a reworking of Max ... More


A Situation Report c.1897

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter measures the gap between where Weber stood before the great hiatus in his life and where he was when he issued the PE in 1904–5. It suggests that in some ways it is clear that the PE of ... More


Capitalism

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter examines the history of the ideas that run through the PE, focusing on the theme of capitalism. It concludes that Weberian capitalism was conceptually thin and problematic in a ... More


A Whole Text?

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter presents an analysis of the PE as a whole. The text contains a historical argument regarding the movement from proto-rationalist asceticism to modern formal rationality, but to suppose ... More


War and Peace: 1914–1920

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0013
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter describes how the revival of the PE was completed by the accident of world war. It discusses why Weber could revise the text so speedily in 1919; why he could insist so vehemently that ... More


Rationality and Law

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter examines the importance of rationality to the PE. It argues that the historical thesis of Part II of the text is an assertion of the link between asceticism and rational conduct, where ... More


Politics and Nationality

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter examines the themes of politics and nationality in the PE. It argues that politics are formally omitted from the PE for intellectual, not political, reasons. Nationality, unlike ... More


Envoi: Who was Max Weber?

Peter Ghosh

in Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198702528
eISBN:
9780191772214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.003.0018
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Ideas

This chapter aims to provide an answer to the question: who was Max Weber? Weber was a German thinker who reflected on a modernity that was the outcome of history. He viewed religion and history as ... More


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