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Che cosa ha «veramente» detto Weber

Risposta a Pellicani

Anno XXII, n. 98, luglio-settembre 1987
Centro Einaudi


What Weber really said

Pellicani fails to show satisfactory understanding of Weber's thought. Weber aimed to isolate the religious components of the new ethos of capitalism and took for granted the fact that Protestant entrepreneurialism had played a leading role. The religiousness revealed by Weber thus has a typically ideal character which Pellicani fails to grasp in that he attributes importance to the explicit and concrete dictates of Protestantism. This typically ideal character is to be found especially in Calvinism even though Calvinist texts do include anti-capitalist passages. More specifically, Calvinism contributed to the birth of capitalism, 'de-magicking' the world order with its dogma of predestination.