The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

  title={The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism},
  author={Soma Hewa},
This paper examines the development of medical technology in terms of Max Weber's theory of rationalization. It argues that medical technology is a part of the general process of social, political and economic changes in modem Western societies. Medical technology today keeps many people alive who, in the past, would have died from their illness. In recent years, burgeoning technological achievements in medicine have been regarded as a threat to the individual's freedom to die. Many people… 

Warrior Charisma and the Spiritualization of Violence

Norbert Elias (2001) produced one of the most influential theories on the history of violence in human societies in terms of ‘the civilizing process’. With the transformation of feudalism, the rise

The protestant ethic and the religious tattoo

Vampire Stories in Greece and the Reinforcement of Socio-Cultural Norms

This paper investigates the relationship of humans with the supernatural and the function of the latter as a normalizing factor in social organization. The focus is on traditional Greek stories about

The invention of purgatory

The contribution of Max Weber's Protestant Ethic to debate on the cultural forces that precipitated the shift from feudal to capitalist modes of production is without precedent. While this debate is

The Protestant Ethic thesis: Weber’s missing psychology

Commentators on Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism have tended to view that work within the context of world-historical social processes and change. Recently, more literary

Natural Hegemonies

American capitalism finds its force and legitimacy in hegemonic understandings of nature and society, especially as expressed in human biology. In this article, I address the ways American capitalism

The “Christian Spirit” of Capitalism and the Protestant Reformation, between Structuralist Analysis and Historical Evidence

Abstract For many reasons, it is true that the Protestant Reformation unleashed the forces that lay behind the emergence of capitalism. Such a system was compatible with the emancipation of

Religion as the source of the self: Max Weber’s hypothesis

Amidst the recent resurgence of interest in religion as one of the main ‘sources of the self’, Max Weber’s argument in the Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Religionssoziologie can make an important

The Willie Lomans of a Market Society: Addressing Political-Economic Sources of Suffering in Pastoral Counseling

  • R. Lamothe
  • Psychology
    The journal of pastoral care & counseling : JPCC
  • 2015
It is argued that a pastoral counselor, in leaving a client unaware that his/her suffering is partially the result of a capitalistic culture, fosters hermeneutical mystification, and the patient is not able to choose an action directed toward a major source of his/ her depression.

The Decalogue and the Spirit of Capitalism, from Max Weber's Perspective

Max Weber argues in his book entitled The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, that man's disposition from the capitalist society, to make a special effort in his work, has an ethical