Reconsidering Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Originally published in The Independent Review

Since its publication in 1905, Max Weber’s seminal treatise has been both championed as perceptive sociological analysis and condemned as inaccurate and even subversive. Whatever its shortcomings, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is valuable for helping us think about alternative types of capitalism and the relationship between culture and the economy.

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