The Protestant Ethic Revisited

9781439901892: Hardback
Release Date: 14th October 2011

9781439901908: Paperback
Release Date: 28th June 2013

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 342

Series Politics History & Social Chan

Temple University Press

The Protestant Ethic Revisited

Hardback / £63.00
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Essays on the contradictory resurgence of religion and liberalism in the twenty-first century by one of the most important voices in the study of the sociology of religion

Introduction: Beyond the Tilly Thesis: How States Did Not Make War and War Did Not Make States

Part I: Religion and Politics in Early Modern Europe
1. The Protestant Ethic Revisited: Disciplinary Revolution and State Formation in Holland and Prussia
2. Calvinism and Revolution: The Walzer Thesis Reconsidered
3. The Mosaic Moment: An Early Modernist Critique of Modernist Theories of Nationalism
4. The Making of Prussian Absolutism: Confessional Conflict and State Autonomy under the Great Elector, 1640–1688
5. The Little Divergence: The Protestant Reformation and Economic Hegemony in Early Modern Europe

Part II: The Secularization Debate
6. Historicizing the Secularization Debate: Church, State, and Society in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, circa 1300 to 1700
7. After Secularization? by Philip S. Gorski and Ates Altinordu

Conclusion: The Protestant Ethic and the Secular Modern

Philip S. Gorski is Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies and Codirector of the Center for Comparative Research at Yale University. He is the author of The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism and the Rise of the State in Early Modern Europe.

"Gorski’s arguments are measured and persuasive, both historically and theoretically, and his chapters are judicious in their claims. The Protestant Ethic Revisited is a great book."
—Theodore Vial, Associate Professor of Theology at the Iliff School of Theology

"An excellent set of essays, among which some are veritable classics. Gorski has established himself as one of the leading sociologists of his generation, and his essays in the sociology of religion have contributed greatly to his high international reputation. He has developed a wide-ranging comparative approach to religious sociology, not to mention some much-needed analytic sophistication, and has helped to reintegrate the area with already vibrant subfields such as historical and comparative sociology, political sociology, and sociological theory. The essays in The Protestant Ethic Revisited are important milestones in the recent transformation of the field. Gorski's work is no flash in the pan. It is enduringly valuable scholarship."
—Mustafa Emirbayer,Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison