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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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Religiosity and Modernity (II)

Religiosity and Modernity (II)

(p.247) 6 Religiosity and Modernity (II)
Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic

Peter Ghosh

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the central issue: what was the substance and significance of Weber's religious thought taken as a whole? In more formal language: what was the Weberian sociology of religion and how should we assess it? It discusses the centrality of the ascetic/mystic typology of religious behaviour to Weber's thought; Weber's elevation of Entzauberung, the removal of magic, to a prominent place in his religious typology; ethical and salvation religion; and the problem of meaning.

Keywords:   Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic, religious thought, religion, asceticism, mysticism, anti-magic, ethical religion, salvation religion

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