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Intellectual Work and the Spirit of Capitalism

Weber’s Calling


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introductory Remarks: Sociological Allegory in the Age of Weber

  3. Faust’s Study

  4. Tolstoy’s Keynote

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 208-266

About this book


This book offers a unique and accessible way of conceptualizing the vocations of art, science, and politics in the capitalist world through an examination of some neglected features of the work of the scholar who first traced their origins and consequences in 'the West': Max Weber.


capitalism ethics Max Weber Nation politics sociology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of British ColumbiaCanada

About the authors

Thomas Kemple is Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His previous publications include Reading Marx Writing: Melodrama, the Market, and the ''Grundrisse'', and articles in the Journal of Classical Sociology and Theory, Culture & Society.

Bibliographic information


“Anyone who is interested in Max Weber as a person and a scholar should read K.’s provocative and fascinating book.” (Christopher Adair-Toteff, Theological Studies, Vol. 77 (1), 2016)