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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 First Reply to Felix Rachfahl, 1910

Weber's First Reply to Felix Rachfahl, 1910

From the Archiv Für Sozialwissenschaft Und Sozialpolitik, vol. 30, pp. 176–202

(p.61) Chapter 6 Weber's First Reply to Felix Rachfahl, 1910
The Protestant Ethic Debate
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This chapter contains Weber's reply to Rachfahl's review on The Protestant Ethic. Since Rachfahl's review criticizes some points that uses Troeltsch's findings, Weber starts his reply by contending Rachfahl's criticism to his friend, Troeltsch; he emphasizes that their findings are independent of each other. Continuing with his reply, Weber states that he finds the implication that the capitalist economic system derived from religious motives, and also, he reinforces his claim by saying that the ‘capitalist spirit’ came about without the capitalist economy, in which Rachfahl selectively forgets. Furthermore, Weber asserts that Rachfahl's remarks on the relation to the ‘acquisitive drive’ to the ‘capitalist spirit’ shows that Rachfahl has a tendency to forget about what he was criticizing.

Keywords:   capitalist spirit, Calvinism, acquisitive drive, Troeltsch, capitalist economic system, asceticism

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