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Some of Weber’s descriptions and evaluations of Protestant groups and their ethos are employed to reveal dimensions of Protestant missionary activities and their contributions in early 20th-century China and Europe. The main focus is on the German missionary Richard Wilhelm (1873–1930)....
In this article, I reconstruct the reception of Max Weber’s essays on The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism in 20th-century Japanese social sciences. I will show that even during Weber’s lifetime, Japanese economists responded to the so-called ‘Weber thesis’ and were aware of...
A close concentration on Weber’s replies to Felix Rachfahl (in 1910) and to Werner Sombart (in 1920) shows that whilst Weber seeks to create an ‘interpretative community’ for the reception of the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (through an appeal to ‘common knowledge’ and...
In this article, I address the ‘hypothetical’, ‘self-referential’ and ‘constructed’ nature of Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the ‘Spirit’ of Capitalism . In particular, I argue that complaints of commentators that his account lacks empirical verification are misplaced....
One of the most unusual aspects of Max Weber’s 1904 journey to the United States was his trip to Oklahoma and Indian Territory. This article reconstructs the origins, rationale, circumstances and results of this experience on the American frontier. Weber used the opportunity to investigate...
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