Lecture 14 Reading Summary

By worldly asceticism in the puritan concept

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Unformatted text preview: does for a couple of pages is that he shows how contemporaries writers have drawn the business- oriented ethics of the Puritans from the Bible’s scripture. The Jews stood on the side of the politically and speculatively oriented adventurous capitalism; their ethos was, in a word, that of pariah- capitalism. But Puritanism carried the ethos of the rational organization of capital and labor. It took over from the Jewish ethic only what was adapted to this purpose. The feudal and monarchical forces protected the pleasure seekers against the rising middle- class morality - The anti- authoritarian ascetic conventicles, just as today capitalistic society tends to protect those willing to work against the class morality of the proletariat and the anti- authoritarian trade union. Enjoyment (such as sports for recreation, because Weber argue that sports can serve a purpose for health) which leads away both from work in a calling and from religion was as such the enemy of rational asceticism. An education in science and technology was often not looked down upon, however, one in fine arts (in most cases) was. I. • • • • The idea of a man's duty to his possessions, to which he subordinates himself as an obedient steward, was rooted from the belief that they should hold them undiminished for the glory of God and increase them by restless effort. - Found a basis in Protestantism - Restricted consumption and enjoyment. They approved the rational and utilitarian uses of wealth, which were willed by God for the needs of the individual and the community. - They did not wish to impose mortification on the man of wealth, but the use of his means for necessary and practical things. The ‘evil’ in possessions is the temptation that they hold. The restraints that were imposed upon the consumption of wealth naturally served • • • • • • • • • • • • to increase it by making possible the productive investment of capital. The influence of the Puritan outlook extended, under all circumstances was that it favored the development of a rational bourgeois economic life. In many cases, these Puritanical ideals tended to give way under excessive pressure from the temptations of wealth. The whole history of monasticism is in a certain sense th...
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