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Lec 3 Spirit of capitalism -what animates the drive and translated to an ethic -- what is science? See the world from inside, *Benjamin Franklin see the book - Industriasness is a moral duty - Makes distinction b/w modern vs. adventure capt - Adventure cap= describing basic form of cap - Make one thing to become rich - Capitalism as modern different because the key is the mass are working hand day in and out - Profit itself is a value  Why do we care? - Makes strong point b/w ideal vs. material - Capitalism did not appear among the richest ppl first. - The rich people who have capital are the ones who lacked the spirit as they didn’t want to work. - Spirit of cap is not fundamentally driven by materialism  Where did it come from? - It is linked to rationalization: rationalizing economic activity - Quantitative elemen, linled with book keeping - Ppl thought it was a good idea to rationalize because it is rooted in religion  What is the protestant ethic? 1. Acestisim: denying the sense of pleasure, for a good puritan pleasure is bad - Even sex in marriage is not for pleasure - Apparently everything fun is bad! - Highly moralizing control over sins 2. State of grace - Ppl who are saints among us are above this world yet live in it - It is all predetermined, how do you find out? 3. Testifying to belief - No single act of prayer charity will make you saint - How can you testify to your belief? 4. Methodical self
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