The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism with Other Writings on the Rise of the West / Edition 4

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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 "frame of 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 the central 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 to understand the origins and endurance of the modern West.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195332537
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 660,583
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (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. 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 sociological theory and comparative political cultures.

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Table of Contents

*+New to this edition
General Introduction: Max Weber and the Modern West, Stephen Kalberg
Introduction to the Translation, Stephen Kalberg
Introduction to The Protestant Ethic, Stephen Kalberg
Part I: The Problem
Chapter 1: Religious Affiliation and Social Stratification
Chapter 2: The Spirit of Capitalism
Chapter 3: Luther's Conception of the Calling
Part II: The Vocational Ethic of Ascetic Protestantism
Chapter 4: The Religious Foundations of This-Worldly Asceticism
A. Calvinism
B. Pietism
C. Methodism
D. The Baptizing Sects and Churches
Chapter 5: Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism
Introduction, Stephen Kalberg
I. "The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism"
II. "'Churches' and 'Sects' in North America: An Ecclesiastical Sociopolitical Sketch"
III. "Prefatory Remarks" to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion (1920)
Introduction, Stephen Kalberg
I. Main Concepts: Economic Ethics, the Influence of Social Carriers, and from Sacred Law to the Ethic of Conviction
II. India: Hinduism and Buddhism
III. China: Confucianism
IV. Confucianism and Puritanism
V. Judaism
VI. The Middle East: Islam
VII. The West: Ancient Christianity and Catholicism
Introduction, Stephen Kalberg
I. Comparative Cases: China and India
II. The Ancient and Medieval Cities in the West: Fraternization, Incorporation, and the Dissolution of Clan Ties
III. The Putting-Out System, Modes of Financing, Mercantilism, and the Factory
IV. The Definition of Modern Capitalism, and the Relationship of Feudalism and Patrimonialism to Capitalism
V. The West's Cross-State Competition vs. Hierocracy and Caesaropapism
VI. Juridical Formalism and the Rational State
VII. Ethos and Education under Feudalism and Patrimonialism, Clerical Education, and the Puritans' Mass Intellectualism
VIII. The Sect, Democracy, Tolerance, Freedom of Conscience, and a Cosmos of Abstract Norms
IX. Bureaucratization, Democracy, and Modern Capitalism
X. The Impersonality of the Market and Discipline in the Modern Capitalist Factory
Appendix 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: Suggested Further Reading
A. The Protestant Ethic Thesis and the Protestant Ethic Debate
B. Max Weber: Life and Work
Notes for The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Literature Cited
A. Writings of Max Weber
B. Secondary Literature
*A Chronology of Max Weber's Life
Name Index
Subject Index

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