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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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Felix Rachfahl's Review of The Protestant Ethic, 1909

Felix Rachfahl's Review of The Protestant Ethic, 1909

From the Internationale Wochenschrift für Wissenschaft, Kunst und Technik, 1909, 3rd quarter, pp. 1217–1366

(p.55) Chapter 5 Felix Rachfahl's Review of The Protestant Ethic, 1909
The Protestant Ethic Debate
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This chapter provides a summary of Felix Rachfahl's review of The Protestant Ethic in 1909. Rachfahl touches Weber's concept of ‘capitalist spirit’, Calvinism and the vocational ethic and the Calvinistic influence on the economy. About the ‘capitalist spirit’, Rachfahl believes that Weber's concept was too wide (because it includes people who deviates from the traditionalist attitudes and seek more than their immediate needs but are not accumulating capital) and narrow (because it includes motives that go beyond acquirement of riches for its own sake). In regards to Calvinism, Rachfahl emphasizes that Calvin's views on economic life and usury were too liberal to be considered.

Keywords:   capitalist spirit, vocational ethic, economy, Calvinistic, traditionalist attitudes, economic life, usury

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