chapter  4
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A Phenomenological Structural Constitution of Modern Society: “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism”

The constitution of modern society via the structuralizing and diff erentiating eff ects of the Protestant ethic and spirit of capitalism on the planet earth of our universe and galaxy must be understood through the theoretical framework of our phenomenological structuralism, which attempts to explain structural reproduction, diff erentiation, and the indeterminacy of meaning and decentered subject of postmodern and post-structural theorizing by synthesizing the latter with quantum mechanics, phenomenology, and the Marxist dialectic of the former via Wittgenstein’s notion of language games. Phenomenological structuralism, as conceived, suggests that being-in-the-world-with-others is the product of an embodied hermeneutic beings’ (embodied subatomic particles) encounter with and interpretation of the language game (Ludwig Wittgenstein’s term) of those who control the economic conditions of a material resource framework (à la Karl Marx) via their bodies, language, ideology, institutions or ideological apparatuses, and social relations of production which individual beings encounter via their consciousness (which is a material thing in the brain constituted by recycled subatomic particles of other consciousnesses), bodies, relations to and in the mode of production, language, and communicative discourse.