Lecture 14

Lecture 14 - Weber's Last Theory of Capitalism We have seen...

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Weber’s Last Theory of  Capitalism
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We have seen two Facets (periods) of  Weber Early work Emphasis on refuting “Marxist” thesis that the economy determined everything else Focus on showing that “culture” (protestant ethic) determined the opposite This was never a one sided analysis of how “culture” determines the “economy, but rather an attempt to open a two way street Late Weber (General Economic History) Emphasis of “historical individual” as a constellation of conditions Attempt to locate the specificities which led to the rise of capitalism in the West (Europe) Multi-causal explanation A bit “Eurocentric” Resembles and extends work of Marx
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Place of “Weber thesis” Debate about the validity of Weber’s protestant ethic has occupied a lot of attention This “Weber thesis” (protestant ethic) has been isolated and presented as his distinctive, although flawed, contribution, a “contribution to the manner in which ideas become effective forces in history.”
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Not just the protestant ethic His main theme in religious studies was that transforming ideas made a contribution to the world-transforming capitalism of the Christian West, rather than elsewhere in the world Extension of the role of ideas fro Protestantism more generally to Christianity to ancient Judaism
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GEH  Neglected  General Economic History is widely neglected Lectures delivered in the Winter of 1919- 1920, Weber’s last before his death in the summer of 1920 The only place where he pulls together his overall theory of the origins of capitalism
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Shift from the role of ideas Weber reduces ideal factors to a relatively small place in his overall scheme Instead, what we find is a general emphasis on INSTITUTIONS, in which religious ORGANIZATION plays a role in conjunction with specific political forms of organization
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