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notes on weber, "how the rest got rich", and general remarks about the 2nd essay

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University of Toronto St. George
Political Science
Harald Bathelt

1232012 111900 AM Max Weber What was it about northwest part of Europe that made it unique Protestantism and capitalismWeber wasnt the first to do this in fact most social theorists were responding to Karl MarxProtestant ethic published as two long articles in 1904 and 1905Opens it with a statistical factNot merely a contempary fact but an historical fact tracing the association back it can be shown that some of the early centers of thcapitalist development in the early part of the 16 century were strongly protestant Ready explanation Break with economic traditionalism produced a sloughing off to tradition and of religious institutionsBut this interpretation does not stand up to scrutiny Reformation not an escape from controls of the church It involved a much higher degree of regulation of behavior than that which was demanded by Catholicism Protestantism adopts a stringent attitude towards relaxation and enjoyment especially renounced in CalvinismWebers originality is in arguing that usually people caught up Thus injected a religious factor into all spheres of life of the believer There is clearly a relationship between Protestantism and modern capitalism which cannot be wholly explained How you believe in god changed the material world forever Theoretically we are essentially all protestants Weber distinguished other forms of capitalism as economic traditionalism The attitudes toward labor are symptomatic of this a man does not by nature wish to earn more and more money but simply to live as he livesTraditionalism is by no means incompatible with greed or wealth absolute and conscious ruthlessness n acquisition has often stood in direct and close connection with the strictest conformity to tradition
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