Max Weber "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism"

We will continue our close reading of Max Weber's "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism". We will start with "the calling" and continue our discussion on the importance of the Protestant Reformation to intellectual thought.

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  • Brian

    What'd you guys learn?

    July 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I don't think John Calvin would have liked my Hello Kitty stickers :/

      July 9, 2013

    • Rick O.

      you should photo-shop hello kitty book-covers on Calvin's books. Or maybe add a hello kitty back-pack as he goes trudging off to the Seminary

      July 10, 2013

  • Rick O.

    ...apparently there is a 1000 letter limit to posts...

    July 9, 2013

  • Rick O.

    3) In wonderful Hegelian move (footnote IV.66), he shows how the Idea (predestination) worked out through its Logical (fatalism) and Psychological (how do I work with this?) moments result in the Practical effect of "working hard". The Idea as the 'immediacy of the mediated moments'.

    Item 1 I think the group would agree with - Peter brought this out at the end. Item 2&3 are my own - I don't want to imply others agree.

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Rick O.

    Three points stick out in my head - not that these were all but the ones I liked:
    1) Capitalism has been around for awhile in various versions. Weber is interested in one variation, and the corresponding Spirit of Capitalism (something quite different) that corresponds with it. His task is to uncover this correspondence.
    2) He wants to show the role that ideological - in this case religious - forces play in human activity. And that sometimes, perhaps, these forces can play a greater role than Material (social, environment, economic, politics...) forces. In this respect the work can be considered a "dialogue with the ghost of Marx."

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Protestant vs Catholic Heaven according to The Simpsons below. My apologies, I could not find a version without ads. http://www.gametrailers.com/videos/lbvcm1/simpsons-protestant-vs--catholic-he

    1 · July 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Remember, a different faith means a different afterlife XD

      July 3, 2013

    • Rick O.

      I think this fit in quite well

      July 8, 2013

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