Max Weber & Introduction 

November 25 [Tue], 2008, 12:40
Weber's Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism + Introduction

Rational conduct on the basis of the idea of the calling is modern culture
In Baxter's view the care of external goods would only lie in the shoulders of the 'saint like a light cloak, which can be thrown aside at any moment'.
Since asceticism undertook to remodel the world and to work out its ideals in the world, material goods have gained an increasing and finally an inexorable power over the lives of men as at no previous period in history.
in the United States, the pursuit of wealth, stripped of its religious and ethical meaning, tends to become associated with purely mundane passions.

late 19th century sources into a new art: an art that was of the new century yet could stand alongside the achievements of the classical tradition
This new art had been the concept of 'expression'
Self had to have the attributes of authenticity.
Convention distinguishes three related moments in the dynamic of the modern: modernization, modernity and Modernism.
Modernity refers to the social and cultural condition of these objective changes: the character of life under changed circumstances.
Modernity was a form of experience, an awareness of change and of adaptation to change.
It was also a form of effect on the person: a character these changes and adaptation gave one.
The deliberate reflection upon and distillation of the representation of that inchoate experience of the new.
Cubism comes
Particularly in the analytic phase, Cubism is a hermetic art
Cubism rapidly established itself as the paradigm for subsequent avant-garde art