The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
January 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
Introduction to The Protestant Ethic:Stephen Kalberg.
Part I: The Problem:.
1. Religious Affiliation and Social Stratification.
2. The Spirit of Capitalism.
3. Luther's Conception of the Calling.
Task of the Investigation.
Part II: The Vocational Ethic of Ascetic Protestantism:.
4. The Religious Foundations of This-Worldly Asceticism.
The Baptizing Sects and Churches.
5. Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism.
The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism: Trans. Hans H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills.
"Prefatory Remarks" to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion (1920).
Notes for The Protestant Ethic.
Notes for The Protestant Sects.
Notes for Prefatory Remarks.
Max Weber (1864-1920) was a key figure in the development
of the social sciences and wrote many works in the fields of
sociology, politics, economics and law. In the course of his career
he taught at the universities of Freiburg, Heidelberg and
Stephen Kalberg is Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University. He is the co-chair of the German Study Group at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, and the author of Max Weber's Comparative-Historical Sociology (Polity Press, 1994).
- Presents new, accessible translation by internationally acclaimed Weberian scholar
- Contains classic text by Weber exploring the continuing debate over the origins and legacy of modern Western capitalism
- Includes an enlightening introduction by the translator, a glossary, and supplemental essays
"I am glad to see this immensely important work, first published
a century ago, finally made available to the English reading public
in an accessible version ... Kalberg succeeds in making the text a
pleasure to read." Egon Bittner, Brandeis University
"Weber's classic text has now at last been given the treatment
it deserves in English, with Stephen Kalberg's meticulous
translation and superb editorial presentation." William
Outhwaite, University of Sussex
"This new translation offers a readable, trenchant alternative
to the ideologies of modernity and to the postmodernist
philosophies central to much social theory, ethics and theology
today. Those interested in the future will attend to this fresh
recovery of the past." Max L. Stackhouse, Princeton Theological
"Stephen Kalberg has produced a book that teachers and students
will find invaluable. What an excellent idea, to combine a new
translation of Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit
of Capitalism with other closely related writings of Weber's,
including a detailed and accessible introduction and supporting
background information on Weber the man, on the book, and on its
place in contemporary social science. Kalberg's comprehensive
introduction manages to be informative and scholarly while
remaining a clear and intelligible guide to the book. The
introduction offers an accurate and refined statement of Weber's
important and influential (if often misunderstood) thesis, placing
it in the context of its era and to Weber's general idea of
sociology. This new version of The Protestant Ethic should greatly
improve upon its predecessor and clear up misunderstandings of
Weber's meaning which the earlier translation may have engendered."
Wes Sharrock, University of Manchester
"This new translation of Weber's The Protestant Ethic,
one of the most important social science works of the twentieth
century, is a welcome and worthwhile enterprise. It carefully
presents the numerous and important nuances of Weber's text, giving
a clear idea of the place of this text in the intellectual
framework of his time. Professor Kalberg's introduction provides a
very interesting commentary on this text as well as the place of
Weber's work in the history of sociology and its relevance to the
central problems of contemporary sociology theory. [The book] is a
distinct contribution - and a tool for students of sociological
theory and its history." S.N. Eisenstadt, The Hebrew University
"A couple of years ago I had to re-read Plato's Republic.
I was amazed by the striking resemblance between the social
problems addressed by Plato and the problems of contemporary
societies. I had similar experience after reading the new
translation of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of
Capitalism by Stephen Kalberg, an internationally acclaimed
Weberian scholar. Although capitalism and the discursive formation
that has laid the foundation for its existence has changed very
much, reading this classical work of Weber reminds one the nature
and operations of capitalism that we take for granted...[Kalberg]
has successfully overcome the daunting task of balancing between
keeping Weber's message intact while at the same time providing a
reader friendly translation." AlemSeghed Kebede, California
State University, Bakersfield
"Essentially, Kalberg achieves his goal of providing an indispensable, up-to-date resource for the scholar, teacher, student while, at the same time presenting the general, albeit serious reader with an engaging version of this most outstanding of Weber's works. Auto/Biography Journal