Preuße, Denker, Muttersohn
Author: Dirk Kaesler
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Max Weber ist einer der einflussreichsten Denker des 20. Jahrhunderts, doch er war nicht unser Zeitgenosse. Wer ihn verstehen will, muss eintauchen in die bürgerlichen Lebenswelten einer vergangenen Zeit. Dirk Kaesler zeigt in seiner lang erwarteten, glänzend erzählten Biographie den Menschen Max Weber in seiner Epoche – den Jahren zwischen der Gründung des Deutschen Kaiserreichs und seinem Untergang. Nur wenige andere Denker werden so häufig als Interpret unserer Gegenwart in Anspruch genommen wie Max Weber. Etwa, wenn es um die Frage geht, ob Politiker „Charisma“ haben oder nicht, wenn behauptet wird, dass Politik das „Bohren harter Bretter“ sei oder wenn erörtert wird, ob der Protestantismus „Schuld“ am Kapitalismus trage. Doch es war nicht unsere Welt, die Weber zu seinen Theorien inspirierte. Dirk Kaesler rekonstruiert die Entstehung von Webers Werk im Kontext der damaligen Ideen und Kontroversen, zeichnet seine wissenschaftlichen und politischen Aktivitäten nach und entschlüsselt eindrucksvoll den Menschen Max Weber. Dabei wird deutlich, wie sehr Leben und Werk dieses brillanten Theoretikers und düsteren Visionärs, dessen eigentliche Leidenschaft der Politik galt, geprägt waren durch seinen familiären Hintergrund, durch Vorfahren, Eltern und Verwandte, durch alte Kaufmannsdynastien, aufgeklärte Protestantinnen und einen pragmatischen Politiker.
Author: Frédéric Vandenberghe
Category: Social Science
A Philosophical History of German Sociology presents a systematic reconstruction of critical theory, from the founding fathers of sociology (Marx, Simmel, Weber) via Lukács to the Frankfurt School (Horkheimer, Adorno, Habermas). Through an in depth analysis of the theories of alienation, rationalisation and reification, it investigates the metatheoretical presuppositions of a critical theory of the present that not only highlights the reality of domination, but is also able to highlight the possibilities of emancipation. Although not written as a textbook, its clear and cogent introduction to some of the main theories of sociology make this book a valuable resource for undergraduates and postgraduates alike. The following in-depth investigation of theories of alienation and reification offer essential material for any critique of the dehumanizing tendencies of today’s global world. Recently translated into English from the original French for the first time, this text showcases Vandenberghe's mastery of the German, French and English schools of sociology study. The result is an important and challenging text that is essential reading for sociology students of all levels. Frédéric Vandenberghe is a Sociology professor and researcher at Iuperj (Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His writings on a broad range of sociological topics have been published as books and articles around the world.
A Selection of Critical Readings
Author: Carl Olson
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
This anthology provides students with a useful collection of theoretical essays concerning the nature of religion and the methodological means by which scholars analytically approach the subject. Organized in a point/counterpoint fashion, this volume will foster in-class discussion and the honing of a student's own critical perspectives.
In the Shadow of Western Modernity
Author: Dr Lütfi Sunar
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Business & Economics
The Orient was central to the work of Marx and Weber, both figures building their theories around the question of why modernity appeared to emerge only in the West. While Marx’s account focused on the accumulation of capital in the West, Weber’s explanation for this phenomenon centred on Western rationalization. Extending recent work comparing the social theories of Marx and Weber, this book examines their approaches to Oriental societies, showing how, in spite of the differences in their respective theorizations of the historical and political development of the West, their work on the form of modern society in the Orient converges, each complementing the other. Fully conversant with recent scholarly work on Marx and Weber, this comprehensive re-examination of the points of convergence and departure in their work requires us to re-evaluate both their positions in the history of sociology and their relevance to contemporary social questions. As such, it will appeal to scholars of social and political theory and classical sociology.
Author: Sam Whimster,Dr Scott Lash
Category: Social Science
This book brings together leading figures in history, sociology, political science, feminism and critical theory to interpret, evaluate, criticize and update Weber's legacy. In a collection of specially commissioned pieces and translated articles the Weberian scholarship recognizes Max Weber as the figure central to contemporary debates on the need for societal rationality, the limits of reason and the place of culture and conduct in the supposedly post-religious age. In Part 1, Wolfgang Mommsen, Wilhelm Hennis, Guenther Roth and Wolfgang Schluchter provide a full and varied account of the theme of rationalization in the world civilizations. In Part 2 Pierre Bourdieu and Barry Hindess critically examine Weber's social action model, and Johannes Weiss and Martin Albrow address the putative 'crisis' of Western rationality. In Part 3 Jeffrey Alexander, Ralph Schroeder, Bryan Turner, Roslyn Bologh and Sam Whimster scrutinize Weber's understanding of modernity with its characteristic plurality of 'gods and demons'; they focus on its implications for individuality and personality, the body and sexuality, feminism and aesthetic modernism. Part 4 turns to politics, law and the state in the contemporary world: Colin Gordon on liberalism, Luciano Cavalli on charismatic politics, Stephen Turner and Regis Factor on decisionism and power and Scott Lash on modernism, substantice rationality and law. This book was first published in 1987.
An Outline of Interpretive Sociology
Author: Max Weber
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Category: Business & Economics
Max Weber's Economy and Society is the greatest sociological treatise written in this century. Published posthumously in Germany in the early 1920's, it has become a constitutive part of the modern sociological imagination. Economy and Society was the first strictly empirical comparison of social structures and normative orders in world-historical depth, containing the famous chapters on social action, religion, law, bureaucracy, charisma, the city, and the political community with its dimensions of class, status and power. Economy and Status is Weber's only major treatise for an educated general public. It was meant to be a broad introduction, but in its own way it is the most demanding textbook yet written by a sociologist. The precision of its definitions, the complexity of its typologies and the wealth of its historical content make the work a continuos challenge at several levels of comprehension: for the advanced undergraduate who gropes for his sense of society, for the graduate student who must develop his own analytical skills, and for the scholar who must match wits with Weber. When the long-awaited first complete English edition of Economy and Society was published in 1968, Arthur Stinchcombe wrote in the American Journal of Sociology: "My answer to the question of whether people should still start their sociological intellectual biographies with Economy and Society is yes." Reinhard Bendix noted in the American Sociological Review that the "publication of a compete English edition of Weber's most systematic work [represents] the culmination of a cultural transmission to the American setting...It will be a study-guide and compendium for years to come for all those interested in historical sociology and comparative study." In a lengthy introduction, Guenther Roth traces the intellectual prehistory of Economy and Society, the gradual emergence of its dominant themes and the nature of its internal logic. Mr. Roth is a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. Mr. Wittich heads an economic research group at the United Nations.
Author: Henry A. Finch
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Category: Social Science
Max Weber wrote these methodological essays in the closest intimacy with actual research and against a background of constant and intensive meditation on substantive problems in the theory and strategy of the social sciences. They were written between 1903 and 1917, the most productive of Max Weber's life, when he was working on his studies in the sociology of religion and Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Weber had done important work in economic and legal history and had taught economic theory. On the basis of original investigations, he had acquired a specialist's knowledge of the details of German economic and social structure. His always vital concern for the political prosperity of Germany among the nations thrust him deeply into discussion of political ideals and programs. Weber's methodology still holds interest for us. Some of its shortcomings, from the contemporary viewpoint, may be attributed to the fact that some of the methodological problems that he treated could not be satisfactorily resolved prior to certain actual developments in research technique. These few qualifications aside, the work remains a pioneering work in large scale social research, from one of the field's masters.
The Cult of Bildung, Its Downfall and Reconstitution in Fin-de-siècle Germany (Rudolf Steiner and Max Weber)
Author: Perry Myers
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
This study traces how Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), founder of Anthroposophy and the Waldorf schools, and the sociologist Max Weber (1864-1920) confronted the societal transformations in fin-de-siecle Germany as their primary identity marker - Bildung or self-formation - began to break down. The book documents the German bourgeoisie's failure to modernise as an - imagined community, shedding new light on the larger question about the interrelationship of science, religion, and culture by situating Weber's and Steiner's work into the broader context of the sociocultural and socio-political transformations during which it was created. Moreover, by exploring the influences across disciplines in a historical context the book provides insight into the cultural implications of new social science and religion at the beginning of the twentieth century."
Author: Dale T. Irvin
"Christian Histories, Christian Traditioning provides a profound historical, theological, and constructive reading of Christian plurality. Dale T. Irvin grapples with the many traditions within the Christian tradition to show how plurality bears witness to a core tradition - even as it subverts the claims of Western Christianity to be its sole normative expression. The voices of emerging churches - like those that resound through the centuries from long-eclipsed churches in Persia, Mesopotamia, India, Ethiopia, and China - together testify to Jesus as the Christ. But they do so in ways that show that non-Western traditions constitute an integral part of the mainstream, while showing the need for Euro-American tradition to give up its normative pretenses."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved