Synopses & Reviews
|A brilliant book which studies the psychological conditions which made possible the development of capitalist civilization. The book analyzes the connection between the spread of Calvinism and a new attitude toward the pursuit of wealth in post-Reformation Europe and England, and attitude which permitted, encouraged–even sanctified–the human quest for prosperity. |
Table of Contents
I. THE PROBLEM. 1. Religious Affiliation and Social Stratification.
2. The Spirit of Capitalism.
3. Luther's Conception of the Calling.
II. THE PRACTICAL ETHICS OF THE ASCETIC BRANCHES OF PROTESTANTISM. 4. The Religious Foundations of Worldly Asceticism.
5. Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism.