(noun) “The doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state” (Princeton University 2010).
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- Protestant asceticism was studied by Max Weber (1864–1920) in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1905) and translated into English by Talcott Parsons (1902–1979) in 1930.
- Hedonism is contrasted to asceticism.
- Also called:
- An (noun) ascetic is a person dedicated to living an (adjective) ascetical life.
- Weber, Max. 1930. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
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