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The Protestant Ethic DebateMax Weber's Replies to His Critics, 1907-1910$
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David Chalcraft and Austin Harrington

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239765

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313868

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Weber's Second Reply to Rachfahl, 1910

Weber's Second Reply to Rachfahl, 1910

From the Archiv für Sozialwissenschaft und Sozialpolitik, vol. 31, pp. 554–99

(p.93) Chapter 8 Weber's Second Reply to Rachfahl, 1910
The Protestant Ethic Debate
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This chapter contains Weber's second reply to Rachfahl. In this reply, Weber insists that Rachfahl still remain adamant about his claims even after Weber addressed Rachfahl's arguments in his previous reply, and because of that, Weber aims for two goals in his second reply. His first goal is to reestablish the foundations of the concept of the ‘spirit’ in contrast to Rachfahl's notion that it lacked polemic relevance, and his second goal is to bring a few pages of his thesis to Rachfahl's attention. Weber concludes that Rachfahl is simply the type of person who prefers to be perceived as correct by people who did not actually read his thesis.

Keywords:   Rachfahl, vocation, spirit, Calvinism, class difference, Protestantism, calling, Quakerism

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