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The concept of adequate causation and Max Weber's comparative sociology of religion

Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002
British Journal of Sociology. 1999.  Vol. 50. No. 2. P. 317-329. 
Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1958), studied in isolation, shows mainly an elective affinity or an adequacy on the level of meaning between the Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism. It is suggested the Weber's subsequent essays on The Economic Ethics of World Religions (1958, 1959) are the result of his opinion that adequacy on the level of meaning needs and can be verified by causal adequacy. The concept of causal adequacy and the related concept of objective possibility are developed on hte basis of the work of v. Kries on who Weber heavily relied. This concept is used to show how the study of the economic ethics of India, China, Rome and orthodox Russia can support the thesis that the spirit of capitalism, although it may not have been caused by the Protestant ethic, was perhaps adequately caused by it.