March, 2020

Reconsidering Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

  • Solomon Stein

    Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Virgil Storr

    Board Member, Mercatus Center
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Since its publication in 1905, Max Weber’s seminal treatise has been both championed as perceptive sociological analysis and condemned as inaccurate and even subversive. Whatever its shortcomings, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is valuable for helping us think about alternative types of capitalism and the relationship between culture and the economy.