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by Talcott Parsons,Anthony Giddens,Max Weber

  • Author: Talcott Parsons,Anthony Giddens,Max Weber
  • ISBN: 0043310680
  • ISBN13: 978-0043310687
  • ePub: 1306 kb | FB2: 1681 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Religious Studies
  • Publisher: Scribner's; 2nd Revised edition edition (January 27, 1976)
  • Pages: 292
  • Rating: 4.8/5
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The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism ePub download

Max Weber is the one undisputed canonical gure in contemporary sociology. The Times Higher Education Supplement. Weber wrote The Protestant Ethic at a pivotal period of his intel-lectual career, shortly after his recovery from a depressive illness that had incapacitated him from serious academic work for a period of some four years.

Begun as a series of essays, the original German text was composed in 1904 and 1905, and was translated into English for the first time by American sociologist Talcott Parsons in 1930. It is considered a founding text in economic sociology and a milestone contribution to sociological thought in general.

Published: Unwin Hyman, London & Boston, 1930; Translated: Talcott Parsons, Anthony Giddens; Transcribed: by Andy Blunden February 2005; CopyLeft: this text is completely free. Chapter 1: Religious Affiliation and Social Stratification. Chapter 3: Luther’s Conception of the Calling. Chapter 4: The Religious Foundations of Worldly Asceticism. A: Calvinism B: Pietism C: Methodism D: The Baptist Sects.

It was reprinted in 1920 as the first study in the ambitious series Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Religionssoziologie, which was left unfinished by Weber's untimely death in that same year.

Max Weber's best-known and most controversial work, The Protestant Ethic and . Translated by Talcott Parsons With an introduction by Anthony Giddens.

Translated by Talcott Parsons With an introduction by Anthony Giddens.

the flesh?3 But among the canonical books that of Job had all the more influence.

w9£§l%afithchlé,Tfifieffient 3191‘? not entirely,withoutarnbiguity. We have seen that Luthér first used the concept of the calling in the secular sense in translating a passage from Jesus Sirach. the flesh?3 But among the canonical books that of Job had all the more influence. On the one hand it contained a grand conception of the absolute sovereign majesty of God, beyond all human comprehension, which was closely related to that of Calvinism.

Moreover, the moral responsibility of the Protestant is cumulative: the cycle of sin, repentance and forgiveness, renewed throughout the life of the Catholic, is absent in Protestantism.

Weber fnds the answer in the this worldly asceticism of Puritanism, as. focused through the concept of the calling. Moreover, the moral responsibility of the Protestant is cumulative: the cycle of sin, repentance and forgiveness, renewed throughout the life of the Catholic, is absent in Protestantism.

The Protestant ethic - a moral code stressing hard work, rigorous self-discipline .

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.

Book by Talcott Parsons, Anthony Giddens
This is the 129th review of this edition. Several other reviewers have noted missing endnotes, misspellings, missing words and so on. My copy had a 136 pages of end notes while the text ran only 124 pages. I saw no editorial misques. Now, I read the book out of curiosity. Many authors make references to it, usually negative, and I wanted to see what Weber really wrote. Here's the bad part. Weber is a difficult reading for anyone (like me) without a fair knowledge of the early Protestant sects, and be prepared for a lot of Latin and German terms. Here's the good part. Weber starts out by quantifying economic differences between Protestants and Catholics, especially in Germany. He also notes that in general Protestants attended schools teaching more secular material. He wondered why? His conclusion was that Catholics believed that life on earth was to be endured and that a better existence waited for them in Heaven. Just tough it out. Protestants evolved to the belief that good works were a part of a good Christian life. This meant providing goods or services that benefitted others. Here's the kicker. Weber bluntly states Protestant beliefs were not solely or even mainly responsible for the rise of capitalism. Protestants helped capitalism evolve but that's it. In this regard many of those referencing Weber in a negative way are in error.

While parts of Weber are tough sledding, he does provide several little anecdotes and factoids. Here are a few. According to Weber, if a European girl was pretty she was generally thought to be "an English girl." A Polish girl would most likely be slovenly but if she moved west her work habits would improve even if her wage remained the same. While Protestants in Germany were on average about twice as wealthy as Catholics, Jews had about four times the personal wealth of Protestants. Anglo-Saxon music suffered a precipitous decline under Protestant churches and produced "only a noise intolerable to German ears." According to Weber, Anglo-Saxon music was so bad Boston's Trinity Church had to spend $8,000 in 1904 just for a professional choir.

Finally here is a criticism. Weber gives short shrift to Frederick the Great and Lutheran Pietism. Frederick wanted and forced on the Prussians an ethic that welfare did not mean giving to the poor but contributing goods and services useful to others. To Frederick, people made their own destinies. There was nothing wrong with improving God's world. Why Weber didn't go into detail here seems strange. This would be one of the best case studies proving the thesis.

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Max Weber's groundbreaking study of Protestantism needs not further introduction. Kalberg, as the translator of such a masterpiece, produce an English version that is easy to follow. His succinct introduction to Weber's thesis and other possible factors leading to the birth of capitalism is sound and clear. A good book for beginners of sociology.
I ordered a paperback copy of this book for my graduate class on Early Modern Europe. The book contains no translator information and no footnotes/endnotes. This is a major problem since most of Weber's argument is in his footnotes. I'm unsure why a publisher would choose not to include all of the text but this is unacceptable.
In Weber's classic work, he connects the Protestant Reformation with the rise in modern-day capitalism - the two, according to Weber, are essentially linked together. The Reformation introduced core elements upon which capitalism is built. For example the idea that the individual has rights associated with responsibility is a fundamental element of the Reformation - no longer is the Catholic Church solely responsible for the spiritual development of an individual, he must be responsible himself...every member a minister concept. Well, that's essential for the promulgation of capitalism as well - it's not the responsibility of the state, it's the reasonability of the individual to make a profit or lose capital in the process. The individual was kept stable and protected under the thumb of the Catholic Church, according to Weber, and the Reformation has freed the individual to take risks and stake their claim in life. Weber also notes that the Catholic Church promoted religious piety, a quiet and subdued worship within the walls of the sanctuary while the Reformation released people to worship with zeal and passion in the fields and through his labors.
This "edition" has so many typos that it is almost unreadable. There is NO information about the publisher, therefore there is NO point in buying this is you are a STUDENT, because it is useless and you will need to find a different copy to cite it.
Max Weber's thesis that the Protestant work-ethic helped give rise to the spirit of modern capitalism is well known, but how true is it? Weber goes into an impressive review of historical details on how Luther's concept of the calling became the Calvinist concept of labor to glorify God, and finally the Puritan concept that is applied to business as well as anything else. In short, the Protestant hard-work ethic, intended to be a sign of election and to glorify god, inadvertently (at least in part) gave birth to the spirit of capitalism, of sustained, planned, methodical profit-making. Though capitalism is no longer dependent upon religion for maintaining its ethos (we are all caught in the rat race), it is fascinating how Weber makes a compelling case that a once anti-materialist Protestant Christianity came to affirm the capitalist spirit by way of a hard-working ethic. Many of Weber's themes are persuasive, if also controversial. Weber has by no means isolated the final or full cause of the take-off of capitalism in modern times, but he has made a good case for one contributing factor. Would that his style of writing had been a bit more direct - Weber's insights are at least worth careful reading.
Some pages are so riddled with typographical errors that they are basically illegible. I'm asking for my money back on this one!
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