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Protestantská etika a duch kapitalismu
[The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism]


  • Marek Loužek


The paper is concerned with the famous study "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism" (1904/1905) by Max Weber. It analyzes both main content and context of this work. It is shown that the main idea of the "Protestant Ethic" is not originally one of Weber, but it was taken over from Sombart and Troeltsch. Weber was significantly influenced - similarly as in his other works - by his environment and contemporaries. The article describes critical reactions of German historians towards "Protestant Ethic" and reserved attitudes of the Catholics.

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  • Marek Loužek, 2010. "Protestantská etika a duch kapitalismu
    [The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism]
    ," Politická ekonomie, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2010(5), pages 689-704.
  • Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlpol:v:2010:y:2010:i:5:id:755:p:689-704

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    German Historical School; protestant ethic; spirit of capitalism;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • B15 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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