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Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories

ISBN : 9780198702528

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Author: 
Peter Ghosh
Pages
424 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
170 x 235 mm
Pub date
Sep 2014
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Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic: Twin Histories presents an entirely new portrait of Max Weber, one of the most prestigious social theorists in recent history, using his most famous work, The Protestant Ethic and the "Spirit" of Capitalism, as its central point of reference. It offers an intellectual biography of Weber framed along historical lines - something which has never been done before. It re-evaluates The Protestant Ethic - a text surprisingly neglected by scholars - supplying a missing intellectual and chronological centre to Weber's life and work. Peter Ghosh suggests that The Protestant Ethic is the link which unites the earlier (pre-1900) and later (post-1910) phases of his career. He offers a series of fresh perspectives on Weber's thought in various areas - charisma, capitalism, law, politics, rationality, bourgeois life, and (not least) Weber's unusual religious thinking, which was 'remote from god' yet based on close dialogue with Christian theology. This approach produces a convincing view of Max Weber as a whole; while previously the sheer breadth of his intellectual interests has caused him to be read in a fragmentary way according to a series of specialized viewpoints, this volume seeks to put him back together again as a real individual.

Index: 

PART I. THE GENESIS OF THE PROTESTANT ETHIC - AND THE HISTORY OF MAX WEBER C.1884-1905
PART II. THE SECOND HISTORY OF THE PROTESTANT ETHIC - MAX WEBER, 1905-1920

About the author: 

Peter Ghosh was a Junior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford (1980-1), and has been a Fellow in History at St. Anne's College, Oxford since 1981.

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