He was highly influenced by the explanation of capitalism given by Benjamin Franklin. In his earlier works, Weber had quoted several statements given by Franklin as they remained practical and indicated the growing spirit of capitalism among the people (Pierotti, 2003). Yet, there are areas where Weber had used the points given by people and Franklin in a misunderstood manner that confused the readers as well as the ethical structure explained by the author.
Similar to Puritan ethics, Weber is also influenced by Quaker ethics. According to this ethical principle, a man’s life in the calling is regarded as an exercise as per the ascetic virtue. The demands of God are regarded as rational labor rather than just labor. By this way, Weber agrees with the words of Luther on God’s assignment to man and the acceptance that man reacts to the assignment (Virginia University, n.d).
Based on his influences and studies in the past, he believes that there is a need for more complete study so as to enhance the rate of exploration. It is essential to explore the ascetic rationalism and its impact on multiple aspects of life. In addition to it, the historical development of this rationalism has to be identified. This will enable him to perform better investigation and interpret the religious ideas in the right manner.