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C. Wright Mills' classic The Sociological Imagination has inspired generations of students to study Sociology. However, the book is nearly half a century old. What would a book address, aiming to attract and inform students in the 21st century? This is the task that Steve Fuller sets himself in this major new invitation to study Sociology. The book: " critically examines the history of the social sciences to discover what the key contributions of Sociology have been and how relevant they remain " demonstrates how biological and sociological themes have been intertwined from the beginning of both disciplines, from the 19th century to the present day " covers virtually all of sociology's classic theorists and themes " provides a glossary of key thinkers and concepts. This book sets the agenda for imagining Sociology in the 21st century and will attract students and professionals alike.
Chapter Thirteen: Karma Secularized: The Darwinian Turn in Development Policy
Karma Secularized: The Darwinian Turn in Development Policy
Thanks to Max Weber, the route from Christendom to the Protestant Reformation to the rise of capitalism is now a generally accepted feature of modern European cultural history. In The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1905), Weber famously argued that the defining principle of capitalism is not rapacious self-interest but the endless pursuit of wealth in order to sublimate one's anxieties about salvation by a fundamentally inscrutable deity. This productive asceticism explains the capitalist's preference for long-term investment over short-term consumption. Indeed, such latter-day devotees of the idea as Friedrich von Hayek and Robert Nozick continued to believe fervidly to the very end of the 20th century that ...