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Max Weber and The Protestant EthicTwin Histories$
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Peter Ghosh

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198702528

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702528.001.0001

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1905–1908: Going into Hibernation

1905–1908: Going into Hibernation

(p.148) 1 1905–1908: Going into Hibernation
Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic

Peter Ghosh

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins in 1905 when Weber started writing the PE, noting his detachment towards the text. Weber had no especial liking for the seventeenth-century subject matter of the PE, which relied ‘so heavily on alien (theological and historical) works’. The discussion then turns to the years 1907–1908 when the PE was set aside and no more would be heard about it as a publishing project until 1915. While there is no documentary answer as to why the project was set aside, there were sufficient intellectual deterrents at work, besides the improvement in the Webers' financial circumstances.

Keywords:   Max Weber, intellectual deterrents, The Protestant Ethic, capitalism, religion

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