For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

by Weber, Max (1992)

Key Passage

“all these peculiarities of Western capitalism have derived their significance in the last analysis only from their association with the capitalistic organization of labour. Even what is generally called commercialization, the development of negotiable securities and the rationalization of speculation, the exchanges, etc., is connected with it. For without the rational capitalistic organization of labour, all this, so far as it was possible at all, would have nothing like the same significance, above all for the social structure and all the specific problems of the modern Occident connected with it. Exact calculation—the basis of everything else—is only possible on a basis of free labour” (p.xxxv)


Capitalism, Weber, Commercialisation, Rationality, Free Labour, Unpaid Labour



Links to Reference


Parsons, T.



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