Skip navigation

We Are the Crisis

We Are the Crisis

INTELLECTUAL WORK AND THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISM: WEBER’S CALLING 

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

By Thomas Kemple

See: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/intellectual-work-and-the-spirit-of-capitalism-thomas-kemple/?isb=9781137377135

Complementing the author’s Reading Marx Writing: Melodrama, the Market, and the ‘Grundrisse’ (Stanford, 1995), this book treats three lectures that Weber gave in the last decade of his career as a podium or prism from which to approach his best-known treatises and essays on the rise of occidental capitalism. His remarks on ‘Technology and Culture’ (1910) and his famous ‘Science as a Vocation’ (1917) and ‘Politics as a Vocation’ (1919 lectures) offer a standpoint for assessing the contemporary relevance of Weber”s notion of ”interpretive understanding”, including the place of ideal types and value-judgments in sociology, as well as the use of rhetorical techniques and literary methods in scholarly discourse more generally. These public moments invite us to consider how both his most celebrated and least known arguments about the origins of the ”spirit” of modern capitalism and the fateful force of bureaucracy continue to raise questions about the prospect and promise of intellectual work that still concern us today.

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-from-palgrave-macmillan-intellectual-work-and-the-spirit-of-capitalism-webers-calling

**END**

‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Glenn_Rikowski?ev=hdr_xprf

Online Publications at The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: