The Protestant ethic and the "spirit" of capitalism and other writings

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Edited book

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Penguin Books


In The Protestant Ethic, Max Weber opposes the Marxist concept of dialectical materialism and relates the rise of the capitalist economy to the Calvinist belief in the moral value of hard work and the fulfillment of one's worldly duties. Based on the original 1905 edition, this volume includes, along with Weber's treatise, an illuminating introduction, a wealth of explanatory notes, and exemplary responses and remarks-both from Weber and his critics-sparked by publication of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.



Additional Information

The book is written by Max Weber; edited, translated, and with an introduction by Peter Baehr and Gordon C. Wells.

Recommended Citation

Weber, M., Baehr, P., & Wells, G. C. (Eds. & trans.) (2002). The Protestant ethic and the "spirit" of capitalism and other writings. New York: Penguin Books.

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