• A Macat Analysis of Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

  • By: Sebastián G Guzmán, James Hill
  • Narrated by: Macat.com
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-20-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macat International Limited.
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Born in Prussia in 1864, just as the new forces of capitalism and the Industrial Revolution took hold of the economy, Max Weber first studied law. Yet his interest soon shifted to economics. Perhaps because his mother had absorbed Protestant influences, Weber examined the role morality played in the lives people choose to lead. He focused on the differences in economic behavior between Catholics and Protestants.
Weber was the first to identify beliefs and practices that influenced economic behavior. He found Catholics generally less motivated to succeed in business than Protestants because of their religious belief that everyone could achieve salvation. The branch of Protestants known as Calvinists, on the other hand, believed God determined everyone's salvation status before birth. Nothing a person might do on earth could save a soul marked for damnation. Left with little hope, believers tried to demonstrate their worthiness through hard work. Weber identified with these self-reliant Puritans and his groundbreaking argument helped establish him as one of the founding fathers of sociology.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Philo on 07-27-16

Repetitive, could be a lot better

If you have zero prior exposure to Weber's book, or to the roots of sociology, this might be an OK intro, but probably won't tell you much a visit or two to Wikipedia wouldn't do in a fraction of the time and money. A student producing no more information than this as a term paper would get a poor grade from me. This is my second Macat analysis title (the other being on the Rule of St. Benedict), and both so far have this issue, in my opinion: even the compressed format imparts too few ideas and too little content, repeated too many times. It could be half as long as this and a lot better. I have bought several others on the hope that this compact format might work well with the right writer. But I'm batting zero here so far. Wish me luck!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matt on 01-31-18

How did capitalism develop?

If one is studying the early development of capitalism then one would definitely need to read Max Weber's "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism." With that being said, this audio book is an excellent supplement to Weber's "Protestant Ethic."

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By Dave Cook on 07-22-17

Straightforward and gets you thinking

Also adds co text and future trajectories. I would recommend ready the essay first and the intro the 1920 translations first then use this to cement your knowledge. A decent companion piece.

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