Show Summary Details
Restricted access

The Spirit of Calculation

Arjun Appadurai

Keywords: calculation; ethos; financial capital; Max Weber; uncertainty

Abstract

This article is built on a close reading of the use of the term 'calculation' by Max Weber. On the basis of this reading, I argue for a deeper understanding of Weber's views on uncertainty in the Calvinist ethos, and for a new approach to some key issues in the moral and discursive world of financial capital today, in which accounting, accountability and profit-making have become dangerously delinked from one another.

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or log in to access all content.