For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

References for Theme: Weber

  • Clegg, Stewart
  • Du Gay, Paul
  • Franklin, Benjamin
    • "Advice to a Young Tradesman" (1748)
      Advice to a young Tradesman, written by an old One. To my Friend A. B.As you have desired it of me, I write the following Hints, which have been of Service to me, and may, if observed, be so to you.Remember that Time is Money. He that can earn Ten Shillings a Day by his Labour, and goes abroad, or sits idle one half of that Day, tho’ he spends but Sixpence during his Diversion or Idleness, ought not to reckon That the only Expence; he has really spent or rather thrown away Five Shillings besides.Remember that Credit is Money. If...
  • Just, Daniel
  • Lowith, Karl
  • Weber, Max
    • The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1992)
      (p.25) “Labour must (…) be performed as if it were an absolute end in itself, a calling. But such an attitude is by no means a product of nature. It cannot be evoked by low wages or high ones alone, but can only be the product of a long and arduous process of education.”
    • The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1992)
      (p.xxxv) “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...
    • The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1992)
      (p.xxxvi) Hence in a universal history of culture the central problem for us is not, in the last analysis, even from a purely economic viewpoint, the development of capitalistic activity as such, differing in different cultures only in form: the adventurer type, or capitalism in trade, war, politics, or administration as sources of gain. It is rather the origin of this sober bourgeois capitalism with its rational organization of free labour. Or in terms of cultural history, the problem is that of the origin of the Western bourgeois class and of its peculiarities, a problem which is certainly closely connected with...
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