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Religious Discourse of Max Weber
A look at the religious affiliations of sociologist Max Weber.
# 25427 | 1,392 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Mar 29, 2003 in Sociology (Theory) , Religion and Theology (General) , Economics (General)

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According to both late and contemporary social theorists, Max Weber's greatest and best-articulated work falls within the realms of religious discourse. It is Weber's writing, "The Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Capitalism," that signifies Weber's most well-known and disputed work.
This paper looks at Weber's religious affiliation throughout the course of his life and identifies the roots of his religious curiosity. In addition, the paper explores some of Weber's theories pertaining to religion. This research also addresses the legitimacy of "The Protestant Ethic and The Spirit of Capitalism" from the angle of Weber's critics while addressing other aspects of Weber's religious ideas.

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"As Weber's work continued, he began to write of persons known as pariah. Weber became interested in this group because of the route they took to achieve capitalistic success. Unlike the Protestants, which will be discussed later in this paper, the pariah people were individuals that were a member of a persecuted group due to their religious affiliation. The Jews are the example, or ideal type, that Weber often discusses. Jewish persons have attained great economic success in the United States, and Weber attributes this to their struggle against persecution. Although this route towards achieving economic success differs greatly from that of the Protestants, Weber adds legitimization to their plight. Weber's work on Pariah people holds true today in the current U.S. society. Jewish Americans are among the most economically successful religious groups of today. There is little dispute over the validity of the theory of the Pariah people by modern social theorists. It appears to be a well-accepted doctrine."

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