The Protestant Ethic Debate

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The Protestant Ethic Debate

Weber’s Replies to His Critics, 1907-1910

Studies in Social and Political Thought, 3

2001

May 1st, 2001

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Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism continues to be one of the most influential texts in the sociology of modern Western societies. Although Weber never produced the further essays with which he intended to extend the study, he did complete four lengthy Replies to reviews of the text by two German historians. Written between 1907 and 1910, the Replies offer a fascinating insight into Weber’s intentions in the original study, and the present volume is the first complete translation of all four Replies in English.

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Dr Austin Harrington is Reader in Sociology at the University of Leeds.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Contents5
Acknowledgements6
Introduction9
Translators’ Note28
Part I31
1: Karl Fischer’s Review of The Protestant Ethic, 190733
2: Weber’s First Reply to Karl Fischer, 190736
Part II44
3: Karl Fischer’s Reply to Weber, 190846
4: Weber’s Second Reply to Karl Fischer, 190848
Part III57
5: Felix Rachfahl’s Review of The Protestant Ethic, 190959
6: Weber’s First Reply to Felix Rachfahl, 191064
Part IV89
7: Felix Rachfahl’s Reply to Weber, 191091
8: Weber’s Second Reply to Rachfahl, 191094
Bibliography134
Index142