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What does this sentence mean? pragmatically placed in the service of religious beliefs about salvation. The complete sentence is... Significantly, Weber's "Protestant ethic" (1958) has become a key word for referring to consumption as hedonism, pragmatically placed in the service of religious beliefs about salvation.
Feb 25, 2012 7:06 AM
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The author seems to say that: Weber's "Protestant ethic" (1958) = consumption as hedonism, (+ B) = another word for a culture of people buying to much (+B) B = pragmatically placed in the service of religious beliefs about salvation = Also a culture where people believe service should be spreading their own religious views From this short passage, we can not tell what the author believes is the wright way for a culture to carry out service to others - we only see a description of Weber's Protestant Ethic, a theory first developed over 100 years ago by a German - about how Capitalism formed. So again, this is not how the writer feels as far as we know. The passage you gave is only describing what "Weber's Protestant Ethic" has come to mean.
February 25, 2012
I would like to answer this question but it's a bit challenging. Pragmatic is another way of saying "practical". Which in the case above doesn't really make sense. I think the sentence is ironic, which is to say he is using the word "pragmatic", but actually does not believe it to be in fact pragmatic.
February 25, 2012
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