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The Watchful Clothier$
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Matthew Kadane

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300169614

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300169614.001.0001

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The Watchful Clothier

Matthew Kadane

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses how Max Weber's argument in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism was that the relatively difficult search for salvation which Protestantism made central to the lives of its believers encouraged behavior characteristic and was partly formative of the spirit of modern capitalism. Weber never claimed that only Protestants (or Christians) can be good capitalists, that without Protestantism capitalism cannot happen, that ideas and culture should simply replace materialism in the attempt to understand motive forces, or that the West is somehow superior to the rest of the world. In tracing the development of the capitalist spirit, Weber, in essence, was looking for something powerful enough to justify the conflation of work and life, and he found it in a novel religious mode. The chapter finds it striking that Ryder occupied the chronological midpoint along the Protestant–capitalist continuum on which Weber placed his principal historical subjects.

Keywords:   Protestantism, capitalism, Protestants, capitalists, materialism, Max Weber

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