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Stephen Kalberg’s The Social Thought of Max Weber, the newest volume of the SAGE Social Thinkers series, provides a concise introduction to the work, life, and influence of Max Weber, considered to be one of three most important founders (along with Marx and Durkheim) of sociology. The book serves as an excellent introduction to the full range of Weber’s major themes, and explores in detail the extent to which they are relevant today. It is ideal for use as a self-contained volume or in conjunction with other sociological theory textbooks.

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and the “Sect Essays”
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and the “Sect Essays”
“The Protestant Ethic Thesis” I: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Weber wrote the latter half of PE (1904–1905) after returning from his 10-week sojourn in the United States. Its thesis regarding the important role played by values in the development of modern capitalism set off an intense debate that has, remarkably, continued to this day. PE’s methodology exemplifies a variety of foundational procedures utilized throughout his sociology even though Weber here comes prominently to the fore as a ...

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