R. H. Tawney

R. H. Tawney was an influential English economic historian, social critic, ethical socialist, and an advocate for adult education. Born on November 30, 1880, and passing away on January 16, 1962, Tawney was best known for his critique of capitalism and his analysis of the relationship between religion and economic morals, particularly in his most famous works 'Religion and the Rise of Capitalism' and 'The Acquisitive Society'. His writings contributed to the debate on social justice and the welfare state in the mid-20th century.


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  1. 1. The Acquisitive Society

    "The Acquisitive Society" is a critique of capitalism and a call for a more equitable society. The author argues that the capitalist system rewards acquisitiveness rather than hard work or creative contribution, leading to a society that is both inequitable and inefficient. He proposes a society in which property is more evenly distributed and wealth is generated through service to the community, not through the accumulation of possessions. The book is a call for a radical restructuring of society in the name of fairness and efficiency.

  2. 2. Religion And The Rise Of Capitalism

    "Religion and the Rise of Capitalism" is a comprehensive exploration of the historical relationship between the development of capitalism and the evolution of religious thought, particularly Protestant Christianity. The author delves into the moral and ethical dimensions of capitalism, arguing that its growth was significantly influenced by certain religious ideas. The book also discusses how religious beliefs have shaped economic systems and societal norms, and how these, in turn, have impacted religion.