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The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Weber, Max, 1864-1920

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ISBN 10: 1891487434 / ISBN 13: 9781891487439
Verlag: New introduction and translation by Stephen Kalberg. Los Angeles : Roxbury Publishing Company, 2002, 2002
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, Third Roxbury Edition, lxxxi, 266pp., PAPERBACK, used and marked copy, with some ink underlining or marks in margins scattered throughout, mostly one or two lines underlined and some brackets in the text, so it is still a quite usable reading copy if you just need the text, Includes Weber’s essays ’The Protestant sects and the spirit of capitalism’ and ’Prefatory remarks’ to collected essays in the sociology of religion. ISBN 1891487434 . Buchnummer des Verkäufers 36581

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Titel: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of ...

Verlag: New introduction and translation by Stephen Kalberg. Los Angeles : Roxbury Publishing Company, 2002

Erscheinungsdatum: 2002

Einband: Soft cover

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A new translation of Max Weber’s classic The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism--one of the most enduring and influential books in sociology--is now available from Roxbury.

Translator Stephen Kalberg is an internationally acclaimed Weberian scholar. In this Third Roxbury Edition, Kalberg offers a precise and nuanced rendering of The Protestant Ethic that captures Weber’s style as well as the unusual subtlety of his descriptions and causal arguments. Kalberg’s standardization of Weber’s terminology facilitates understanding of the various twists and turns in his complex lines of reasoning. Weber’s original italicization, highlighting major themes, has been restored. A glossary of major terms and numerous clarifying endnotes have been added; foreign terms have been translated; bracketed insertions in the text identify obscure names. In short, the Protestant Ethic thesis is presented in a clear and highly readable manner.

There are three compelling reasons for students to read this classic:

It explores the continuing debate regarding the origins and legacy of modern capitalism in the West.
It helps the reader better understand economic development today around the world, especially in Russia, Eastern Europe, Asia, and South America.
It plumbs the deep cultural forces that affect contemporary work life and the workplace in the United States and Europe.

In his introduction, Kalberg offers a sketch of Weber’s life and his major concerns, examines the intellectual context at the time The Protestant Ethic was written, and summarizes major aspects of Weber’s complex analysis. Kalberg also discusses this classical study in the context of Weber’s other writings. Finally, Kalberg investigates the contribution of The Protestant Ethic for understanding the role played by cultural forces in modern economic development.

The new translation includes Weber’s 1906 essay "The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism." Written after his extensive travels in the United States in 1904, Weber comments here on the diverse ways in which the legacies of early American Protestantism remain influential. Also contained in this edition are Weber’s masterful prefatory remarks to his Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion, in which he defines the uniqueness of Western societies and asks what "ideas and interests" combined to call forth modern Western rationalism.

For students, The Protestant Ethic is a starting point toward understanding the multiple dimensions of social change. The continuing debates about the main elements of modern life, economic cultures and business ethics, our "common sense" economic determinism and "rational choices," the future of modern capitalism, the relationship between cultural forces and social structures, and the tension between science and religion are very much part of the Weberian project. Small wonder, then, that The Protestant Ethic continues to be one of the most frequently assigned readings in sociology.

Translator Stephen Kalberg is the author of Max Weber’s Comparative-Historical Sociology (1994), Max Weber’s Sociology of Civilizations, and numerous articles on Weber. He is the editor of Max Weber: The Confrontation with Modernity (2003l). He teaches at Boston University, where he is Associate Professor of Sociology. He is also co-chair of the German Study Group at Harvard University's Center for European Studies.

From the Publisher:

This is the third printing of the Roxbury Third Edition (June, 2002). A number of printer’s errors have been corrected. Three passages that included translation errors have been revised.

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