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How did the Calvinists beliefs relating to worldly asceticism and predestination encourage the development of Western capitalism in Webers view In this essay I am first going to briefly look at Webers idea and how it differed form the view Marx put forward on the development of Western capitalism I am then going to look at the way Weber saw occidental capitalism differing from other types of capitalism After this I will touch upon what Weber described as the spirit of capitalism I will then proceed to explain what effect predestination and worldly- asceticism had an on a Protestant and his calling and how this therefore encouraged the development of Western capitalism in Webers view After this I will look at the evidence Weber used to back up his idea as well as the criticisms made against his work I will also assess the methodological method used by Weber in his analysis and finally I will finish with a conclusion to sum up this essay Marx in his study of Western capitalism saw it developing from a struggle between two forces mainly feudalism and early capitalism1 However having studied Marxs ideas2 Weber put forward a different analysis to describe the development of Western capitalism Weber instead put forward an idea which did not seek to replace Marxs idea as a spiritual alternativeibid but was to give a different angle of how capitalism may have developed in the West This idea was based on a coincidence which Weber believed exhisted between the owners of capital and Protestantism as explained below Business leaders and owners of capital as well as the higher grades of skilled labour and even more the higher technically and commercially trained personnel of modern enterprises are overwhelmingly Protestantibid Therefore Weber set out an investigation to find why most business men were Protestant and thus possessed a large amount of capital which Weber describes as the elective affinity 3 as
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