Weber and the Persistence of Religion

Social Theory, Capitalism and the Sublime

By Joseph W. H. Lough

© 2004 – Routledge

144 pages

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About the Book

There is an increasing interest in religion and belief and the diverse forms these take in the contemporary world. This timely book provides a unique analysis of these issues through a discussion of the work of Marx and Weber.

Taking Max Weber’s interpretations of capitalism and religion as its point of departure, Weber and the Persistence of Religion re-examines a wide range of classical and contemporary texts, including Immanuel Kant, Foucault and Jean Baudrillard, to help explain the peculiar character of religion and spirituality in mature capitalist societies.

This book shows how the peculiar disembodied character of contemporary spirituality and religion, along with the disenchanted character of public life, may be formally related to the increasingly disembodied, immaterial character of value in capitalist societies. It will be of interest to students and scholars of Social Theory, History, the Sociology of Religion and Philosophy.


"Recommended." -- L. Braude, Choice

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Contemporary religion 2. The Retreat of Ultimate and Sublime Values 3. Disembodiment And The Sublime: The Birth Of Modern Religion 4. The "Spirit" Of Capitalism 5. The Hiatus Irrationalis 6. The Prophetic Pneuma 7. The Community Unto Death 8. The Body Of Religion

About the Author

Joseph W.H. Lough is a Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Routledge Advances in Sociology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion