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Unformatted text preview: 20:44 Weber and the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism he sought to provide an explanation different from Marx on capitalism, Weber wanted to show that ideas are a strong social force in society, they have a power of their own that not merely dependent on material relations as Marx suggested, and so he was looking at religious values and ideas Occident- the west/ Orient- the east (china and India) Compared the development of the west and the east, came to the conclusion that the one difference between eastern and western development is that western Europe had a unique religious belief which he calls the protestant ethic, he believes for capitalism to develop its necessary that the protestant ethic existed, in other words he thinks that India and China have all the necessary ingredients for capitalism except the belief system (protestant ethic) Marx, in his materialist explanation of capitalism ignores the role of ideas Marx: primitive explanation of capitalism, Marx argues that capitalism...
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 313 taught by Professor Shruti during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.
- Spring '07