Nightcap

  1. Searching for consolation in Max Weber’s Work Ethic George Blaustein, New Republic
  2. Keep doing what you love Federico Varese, Times Literary Supplement
  3. The conservative origins of British socialism Johnathan Rutherford, New Statesman
  4. The question that tormented Søren Kierkegaard Morton Jensen, American Interest

3 thoughts on “Nightcap

  1. The Blaustein article is well informed so, I wonder why his title is not and why it helps perpetuate a common misunderstanding. I don’t think Weber ever used the words “work” and “ethic” in the same sentence. And the three words “Protestant work ethic” is the Devil’s mark of those who have no read Weber’s “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism” but yet wish to obtain intellectual heft by referring to it. By the way, the complex thesis in the long essay of reference is pure theoretical play. It has no systematic empirical support of the fairly rigorous kind we have been expecting in the social sciences since the 1960s.

    • It has no systematic empirical support of the fairly rigorous kind we have been expecting in the social sciences since the 1960s.

      Oh you mean, something like this?

      There is a need, a real need, for a blogger with some merit to hammer home your point…

    • Yes, Bradon, I mean like this or better. Incidentally, the excellent article to which you point is a kind of rebuttal. (kind of). I am too humble to hammer home my point with my own writings. Fortunately, you are on the ball.

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