Weber's Protestant Ethic: Origins, Evidence, Contexts

Weber's Protestant Ethic: Origins, Evidence, Contexts


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Although his Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism has received much attention, this volume throws new light on the intellectual and cultural background of Weber's work. It debates recent criticism of his thesis and confronts new historical insight on the seventeenth century with his interpretation.

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ISBN-13: 9780521440622
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/30/1993
Series: Publications of the German Historical Institute Series
Pages: 411
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Guenther Roth; Part I. Background and Context: 1. The German theological sources and Protestant church politics Friedrich Wilhelm Graf; 2. The thesis before Weber: an archaeology Paul Munch; 3. Max Weber, Protestantism, and the debate around 1900 Thomas Nipperdey; 4. Weber the would-be Englishman: anglophilia and family history Guenther Roth; 5. Weber's historical concept of national identity Harry Liebersohn; 6. Nietzche's monastery of freer spirits and Weber's sect Hubert Treiber; 7. Weber's ascetic practices of the self Harvey Goldman; 8. The Protestant ethic versus the 'new ethic' Klaus Lichtblau; 9. The rise of capitalism: Weber versus Sombart Hartmut Lehmann; Part II. Reception and Response: 10. The longevity of the thesis: a critique of the critics Malcolm MacKinnon; 11. The use and abuse of textual data David Zaret; 12. Biographical evidence on predestination, covenant, and special providence Kaspar von Geryerz; 13. The thing that would not die: notes on refutation Guy Oakes; 14. Historical variability, sociological significance, and personal judgement Gianfranco Poggi; 15. The historiography of continental Calvinism Philip Benedict; 16. The Protestant ethic and the reality of capitalism in colonial America James Henretta; 17. The economic ethics of the world religions Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer; 18. Meet me in St Louis: Troeltsch and Weber in America Hans Rollmann; List of contributors; Index.

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