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Palgrave Macmillan

Intellectual Work and the Spirit of Capitalism

Weber's Calling

ISBN 9781137377135
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This book treats three lectures that Weber gave in the last decade of his career as a podium or prism from which to approach his best-known treatises and essays on the rise of occidental capitalism. His remarks on 'Technology and Culture' (1910) and his famous 'Science as a Vocation' (1917) and 'Politics as a Vocation' (1919 lectures) offer a standpoint for assessing the contemporary relevance of Weber''s notion of ''interpretive understanding'', including the place of ideal types and value-judgments in sociology, as well as the use of rhetorical techniques and literary methods in scholarly discourse more generally. These public moments invite us to consider how both his most celebrated and least known arguments about the origins of the ''spirit'' of modern capitalism and the fateful force of bureaucracy continue to raise questions about the prospect and promise of intellectual work that still concern us today.

Thomas Kemple is Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His previous publications include Reading Marx Writing: Melodrama, the Market, and the ''Grundrisse'', and articles in the Journal of Classical Sociology and Theory, Culture & Society.

Introductory Remarks: Sociological Allegory in the Age of Weber
PART I: FAUST'S STUDY
1. Polemical Arts of Speaking Sociologically: Weber's Lectern
2. Casuistic Disciplines of Capitalist Science: Weber's Bifocals
3. Narrative Conventions of Political Discourse: Weber's Prism
PART II: TOLSTOY'S KEYNOTE
4. Cosmopolitan Ethics of War and Peace: Weber's Machine
5. Resurrecting Charisma: Weber's Pendulum
Interim Reflections (In Lieu of a Conclusion): Intellectual Work and the Spirit of Capitalism

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