Essay about The Contribution Of The Protestant Ethic

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The Contribution of ‘the Protestant Ethic’ as Attributed to Weber’s Theories of Rationalisation

The irresistible pull of rationalisation in the infant stages of modernity that coincided with the success of the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century, were pre-eminent social and economic changes that undoubtedly presented the need for society to cultivate the values of calculation and control that were cornerstones of the ‘Protestant ethic’. The work ethic of Calvinism, as argued by Max Weber (1864-1920) , was integral in the transition to the coherent systemisation of labour by which it was asserted was one of few demonstrable acts of true devotion to prove with unequivocal certainty, a promise of salvation. This essay purports to examine the origins of the derivation of capitalist rationalisation and the condemnation of occupational superfluity as is attributed to the doctrine of Protestantism.

Calvinism and Protestant Ethic
Cohen (1985) purported the inculcation of the modern work ethic was imputed to the Protestant doctrine and postulated to contribute to future economic success whereby the existential nature of the capitalist spirit and the self-abnegating asceticism of Calvinistic Protestantism served to underscore an emphasis on ‘calculation and predictability’ (Turner, 2009). The intensification of ‘inner-worldly asceticism’ (Cohen, 1985) by religious discipline in an effort to impede the vexation of salvation anxiety, was attributed to the burgeoning…

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