POL101Y1 Lecture 5: Lecture 5 Oct 9 07

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LECTURE #5 oct. 9, 07
Max weber and the protestant Ethics
Essay questions: do marx and weber fundamentally agree or disagree about the role of ideas in
causing the rise and demise of social orders?
5 pages. Double spaced, 12 font, no long quotations but lots of references to texts. Eg. ¯As weber
notes on early capitalism (p.24), most ppl did not want to work.°
Due oct 23, 07, no bibliography, only use textbooks
- 1864-1920
- seen as a bourgeois marx
- manage to secure himself, a professor
- died relatively young, he was considered as a father of sociology and poli sc
- came from a politically liberal walthy nationalist family
- he was a poligot, spoke and read 8 or 10 languages
- he was also, unlike marx, he was involved in normal kind of politics in germany
- he was deeply unhappy, suffered from psychological problem
- appears that he had a potonic (no sex) relationship with his wife
- dies at 56 yrs of age
- interested in economic ethics of world religions, authority and power, public administration, political
parties, spoke or read 10 languages
Response to Marx
- yes, capitalism is triumphant,
- ¯spirit of capitalism is triumphant. Rational and orderly pursuit of gain. But this is not obvious. There
have always greedy ppl and heroes but that is different from the spirit of capitalism
- greedy ppl always pursue money
Weber and Protestanism
- Catholicism was strongest in europe where weber notices that the part of europe that became rich
first, was protestant
- strange b/e religion, serious religion is usually associated with rejection of worldly affairs and pursuit
of economic gain
- catholicism vs protestant
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