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Гипноз Вебера (заметки о «Протестантской этике и духе капитализма»)

The paper analyses discursive methods that M. Weber used in his “The Protestant Ethics and the Spirit of Capitalism”. The analysis shows that Weber’s exegetics of religious texts is incorrect totally or at least partially; that his claim about much higher economic achievements of Protestants as compared with Catholics is based on arithmetic error; that his concept of “the capitalist spirit” suffers from unavoidable internal contradictions; that his portrait of B. Franklin has almost nothing in common with the original; that his attempt to explain a fast capital accumulation in England in 17–18 centuries deals with non-existed economic phenomenon; that results of current empirical studies are mostly unfavorable for Weber’s Thesis. However the Weberian idea about origin of “the capitalist spirit” from the protestant ethics has so strong hypnotical power over human minds that phantoms of ‘the protestant ethics” and “the spirit of capitalism” would for a long time excite imagination of academic researchers and walk over mass-media.