The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

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Max Weber's best-known and most controversial work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, first published in 1904, remains to this day a powerful and fascinating read. Weber's highly accessible style is just one of many reasons for his continuing popularity. The book contends that the Protestant ethic made possible and encouraged the development of capitalism in the West.
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Times Higher Education Supplement
Max Weber is the one undisputed canonical figure in contemporary sociology.
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Arguing that classic works should be translated every generation, and that the essay here was last translated into English some 70 years ago, Kalberg (sociology, Boston U.) strives to make the text accessible to undergraduates and general readers and to retain the integrity of the work with a close-to-the-text translation. In addition to the essay itself, which was published in a two parts in a social science journal in 1904-05, he has included two related documents by Weber (1864-1920). Cited in . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Sociologists interested in Max Weber can count themselves fortunate these days with the recent appearance of the second revised edition of Stephen Kalberg's new translation of Weber's work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. . . . Those teaching upper division undergraduate and graduate courses in social theory or the sociology of religion will find this volume an ideal introduction to Weber's work and to the continuing controversies surrounding his famous thesis. At $14.95 in paper-bound edition, it is more than worth the price."-- Donald A. Nielsen, State University of New York Oneota

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415084345
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/30/1987
  • Series: Counterpoint Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Stephen Kalberg
Translator's Preface by Stephen Kalberg
Glossary
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Part I. The Problem
1. Religious Affiliation and Social Stratification
2. The Spirit of Capitalism
3. Luther's Conception of the Calling
a. Task of the Investigation
Part II. The Vocational Calling of Ascetic Protestantism
4. The Religious Foundations of This-Worldly Asceticism
a. Calvinism
b. Pietism
c. Methodism
d. The Baptizing Sects: The Quakers, Baptists, and Mennonites
5. Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism
"The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism"
Prefatory Remarks to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion
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  • Posted June 15, 2010

    Do not buy this e-book because it is fraught with errors

    This e-book is so fraught with spelling, spacing, and even factual errors that I am sorry I bought it. For example, "at the game time" appears instead of "at the same time." Also, Benjamin Franklin's name is given as Benjamin Ferdinand even though Franklin is used correctly later in the text. This e-book was hastily written with no spell checking or proof reading. This is my first attempt at reading a well-known work in e-book format, and I vow never to buy another such e-book unless it is from a reputable publishing house.

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    Ok edition

    This version is readable; a free one I tried wasn't. It's a classic and public domain, so free versions are around if you want to take the time to find something legible.

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