Lecture 14 Reading Summary

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Unformatted text preview: , he says, is equally possible, but each, if it does not serve as the preparation, but as the conclusion of an investigation, accomplish equally little in the interest of historical truth. WEBER- THE PROTESTANT WORK ETHIC CHAPTER 1: Summarized by: Hadear Shaheen • • • • • • • • • Makes the argument that those of higher socio- economic status are “ overwhelmingly protestant” business leaders, owners of capital, those who practice higher grades of skilled labor, positions of ownership, management of economic life Endeavours to provide a spiritualistic causal interpretation of culture and history from an economic perspective Result affiliation is a result of economic circumstances “emancipation from economic traditionalism” Modern labour has an ascetic character Ascetic: Characterized by severe self- discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons. Economic Traditionalism: built on time- tested modes of exchange and commerce, such as agriculture and direct trade with community members and neighbors. According to EconomyWatch.com, 400 million people still use traditional economic systems, as opposed to contemporary systems such as the market economic system Economic transformation is more rapid in protestant regions How do we go about assessing the differences between protestant/ catholic economic advancement and success? By assessing the permanent intrinsic character of their religious beliefs and not only in their historico- political situations THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND AUTHROITY • Control of the catholic church: “ very lax, at times, scarcely perceptible in practices CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT • • • • Inheritance Education- weber identifies differences in the levels of education provided to catholic/ protestant children by their parents, protestants climbing higher in the academic ladders than catholics “ catholics prefer the kind of training to which the humanistic gymnasium affords” – too few catholics are engaged in the capitalistic enterprise “The type of education favoured by the religious atmosphere of the home and parental communities determine the choice of occupation and through it, the professional career” PURITANS ( protestants) • • • • • • Risk Interested in the enjoyment of...
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