For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"Work and Labour"

by Hughes, John (2013)


… of work , while these realities, the conditions of the newly emergent ' working classes', were … Weber's account in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism famously linked the spirit of modern capitalism to specifically religious causes in the puritan ethos of work as proof of …

Key Passage

It is worth noting in passing that the dismissal of these more ethical and frequently Christian forms of socialism as ‘utopian’, purely derivative, bourgeois, and essentially quietist is due to the dominance of the self-proclaimed ‘scientific’ Marxist socialism in the twentieth century. If the ‘scientific’ nature of this perspective is called into question, particularly in relation to its view of history, then these alternative repressed socialist traditions emerge as at least as significant. (p.160)


Protestant Work Ethic, Theology, Protestantism, Catholicism, Christianity, Working Class, Working Conditions, Weber


Religious Views on Work

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