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3/13/07 Tuesday Finish Reading Part III A I. Explaining Social Change A. Big theme here – Weber is trying to explain how we came to become the way we are 1. “I should be doing something more constructive!” – why do people ask these questions? 2. Weber is fascinated by religious fanatics a. Double irony – successful people today aren’t very religious b. Franklin had a sense of a “calling” – what I do in the world I do it well. 1). Weber says “classic purity” a). Sense of ethics, duty, and a sense of calling, and maybe not even a sense of wealth b). Sense of “competence and proficiency” Pg. 18 (top): “This competence and proficiency is the actual alpha and omega of Franklin’s purity.” II. “Economic Traditionalism” -> A. Very difficult to overcome B. Condemned worldly success as arrogant C. Weber’s viewpoint on Marx’s historical materialism 1. Pg. 19: “He speaks of naïve historical materialism…” 2. Historical materialism would say that you need a certain level of technology to develop ideas, but they had a lot of elements of “Protestant Ethics” that shouldn’t have been there D. For Weber, venture capitalism existed but was not rational 1. Pg. 19 (bottom) - 20 (top): “The Capitalist spirit according to this concept…” a. There was a ban on usary – can’t loan money – but how do you get a
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2008 for the course ISF 100A taught by Professor Klee during the Spring '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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