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012312 POL101Lecture 3 W Weber Protestant Ethic Kopstein Questions Why are some countries rich and why are some countries poor Why does the west become rich first Why did the west get richThey stole it imperialism Problem why didnt they steal it from us firstWhat are the origins of technological superiority Spain and Portugal should be the richest country not Britainth Weather warming up of Europe after the 15 century Problem why didnt warm areas get rich firstwhy not HawaiiMax WeberGerman sociologist What was it about northwest part of Europe that made it unique Protestantism and capitalism Weber wasnt the first to do this in fact most social theorists were responding to Karl Marx There was a relationship that those parts of Europe that became rich were ProtestantsProtestant ethnic Published in 19041905 Opens it with a statistical fact business leaders and owners of capital Protestant Not merely a contemporary fact but an historical fact tracing the association back it can be shown that some of the early centers of capitalist development in the early part of ththe 16 century were strongly protestantReady explanation Break with economic traditionalism produced a sloughing off of tradition and of religious institutions Weber disagrees The catholic church is deeply standardized But this interpretation does not stand out to scrutinyReformation not an escape from controls of the church It involved a much higher degree of regulation of behaviour than that which was demanded by Catholicism Protestantism adopts a stringent attitude towards relaxation and enjoymentespecially renounced in Calvinism Weber believed that you worried all the time and you wont know if you go to the good place or not Protestant creates a deep lonely meaning There must look to specific characters of protestant beliefs if we are to account for connection between postreantism and economic rationality Webers originality is in arguing that usually people caught up with econ activity are indifferent or hostile to religion their actions are directed to material world Regligion is directed to immaterial worldBut Protestantism did not relax control of church over day to day activities but intensified it and demanded MORE rigorous discipline
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