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Max Weber's "The Protestant Ethic"
A summary and analysis of Max Weber's "The Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Capitalism".
# 133582 | 1,500 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Literature (German) , Economics (General) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper looks at Max Weber's "The Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Capitalism" and discusses how Weber considered the origins of capitalism and found them in Calvinism, with its concepts of predestination and divine election, and its implicit endorsement of the idea that the elect would be shown the signs of divine grace through worldly success. The paper explains that Weber felt that the ascetic tradition had been translated in part into capitalism, inspiring the notion of hard work and a contempt for idleness, although other moral values had been lost, leaving modern man in an iron cage.

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"The Puritan wanted to work in a calling; we are forced to do so. For when asceticism was carried out of monastic cells into everyday life, and began to dominate worldly morality, it did its part in building the tremendous cosmos of the modern economic order. This order is now bound to the technical and economic conditions of machine production which to-day determine the lives of all the individuals who are born into this mechanism, not only those directly concerned with economic acquisition, with irresistible force. (Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, ch. 5,...)"

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