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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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From the Sects to ‘The City’: Max Weber ‘the fairly pure bourgeois’

From the Sects to ‘The City’: Max Weber ‘the fairly pure bourgeois’

(p.339) 8 From the Sects to ‘The City’: Max Weber ‘the fairly pure bourgeois’
Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic

Peter Ghosh

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the social formations Weber associated with religion—the sect and the bourgeois community of the city. It argues that the sectarian idea is a fundamental component of the ‘Protestant Ethic’ as well as the ‘Protestant Sects’—the intellectual unity between these two is of a far higher order than is commonly supposed—which immediately suggests that there is a more significant hinterland present here. The exploration of this idea after 1907–8 will prove to be a highway through Weber's “later” thought, which leads into a quite new area: his thinking about bourgeois group association, hence bourgeois identity in general.

Keywords:   Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic, religion, sect, bourgeois, sectarian idea

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