Views of Max Weber on Capitalism & Its Characteristics

Last updated: November 17, 2019

 Views of Max Weber on Capitalism

  • When criticized by Karl Marx and the speaks of a special kind of Capitalism namely Rational Capitalism.
  • According to Max Weber: Rational Capitalism is a unique western development.
  • This is because the idea of rationality and process of rationalism are the distinctively western.

According to Max Weber:

  • Rationality means it is a product of scientific specialization which is an important feature of western culture.
  • It involves gaining mastery of control of the external world.
  • It involves the organization of human life in such a manner that greater efficiency and productivity can be attained.

According to Him:

  • Rationalization has been the most important distinctive feature of western civilization.
  • It is rationally which Marx out a number of distinct trades of features that are not to be found at one and the same time anywhere else on the whole.

          These features are as follows:

    • Science: Science means a body of variable knowledge well developed in the west.
    • Rational state:
    • Art: like western music
    • Economy: which is characterized by rational Capitalism

Main characteristics or preconditions of rational Capitalism or necessary for the development are as follows:

  • The basic principles underline modern Capitalism is the rational organization of productive enterprises which supply society with its everyday.
  • Socio-economic is necessary for the development of rational capitalism.
    • Private ownership of material resources for
    • production ( land, machine, raw material. Factory and buildings)
    • MarketRational techniques of production and distribution of goods
    • Rational legislation
    • free labor
    • Face Commercialization of the economy
  • Briefly, Rational Capitalism is an economic system which requires that the means of production be privately own and control.
  • Weber considered economic, political and cultural or religious factors fir creating rational Capitalism.

Factors contributing to the growth of rational Capitalism:

  • Economic factors:

    • Weber says that the gradual separation in Europe between households and thread or business.
    • The process of small scale domestic production of commodities or items for self-consumption gives way to mass production in the factory.
    • Household activity and work become distanced.
    • The growth of transport and communication also contributes to the rationalization of another economy.
    • The use of common currency and the practice of bookkeeping make economic transactions.
  • Political Factors:

    • The rise of modern western capitalism is closely connected with the growth of the bureaucratic rational-legal state.
    • The idea of citizenship assumed prominence citizens are given certain legal rights and obligations.
    • The bureaucratic state helps to break down feudalism and free land and labor for the capitalist market.
    • It helps to pacify and politically control large territories.
    • Rationalization full expression in the rise of the bureaucratic state which in form contributes to the growth of rational Capitalism.
  • Religious/Cultural factors:

    • Weber studies six religions of the world like- Hindu, Islam, Christian, Jews, Buddhism and Taoism.
    • Weber does not consider his views on monocausal factors or mechanical factors.
    • He said that in this book two main points:
      • Protestants Ethics
      • Spirit Of Capitalism.
  • Weber referred to an ideal type of the main features of Capitalism.
  • According to him, Protestants’ ethics is one of the sources that generate rational Capitalism.
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Views of Max Weber on Capitalism Introduction Concept Ideas View The features of Rationality Meaning of rationality Private ownership Production Land labor Free-market Rational techniques of production Rational legislation Economic factors Political factors Religious factors Cultural factors Ethics Criticism Conclusion

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