Intellectual Work and the Spirit of Capitalism: An Interview

Thomas Kemple is not only a dear colleague with whom I teach in the Arts One Program at UBC, but is also a brilliant scholar and writer. His new book is an extraordinarily thoughtful invitation to approach Max Weber (1864-1920) as a performer, and to experience Weber’s work by attending to his spoken and written voice. Intellectual Work and the Spirit of Capitalism: Weber’s Calling (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) looks carefully at the literary structure and aesthetic elements of Weber’s arguments, considering how the texts offer an “allegorical resource for thinking sociologically.” We had a chance to talk about it for the New Books in History podcast, and you can find our conversation here.