Classical Theory

Classical theory is important because it provides us with historical context and theories that have explained our culture over time.  The classical theorists we have studied had a lasting impact on the discipline of Sociology.  They provide us with theories that have lasted as explanations for our society throughout time and the changes we have experienced.  For example, the Spirit of Capitalism that Weber describes as influenced by the Protestant ethic still exists today, as does Marx’s theory of fetishism of commodities, which we still see in materialistic representations of wealth and class.

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