Max Weber : An Introduction to His Life and Work
This book has established itself as the standard short introduction in German to the work of Max Weber, and appears here for the first time in English translation. The author has a profound knowledge of Weber's writings, yet manages to make Weber's ideas accessible to the beginner.The book offers a comprehensive account of Weber's views, giving attention both to the context in which Weber produced his most significant contributions to social science, and to the changes involved in his work over the course of his career. Kasler also offers an introduction to the controversies which Weber's writings have stimulated, from the time of their first appearance to the present day. This book will be of interest to anyone concerned with Max Weber and will rapidly establish itself as the leading student text of Weber in the English-speaking world.
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- Paperback | 304 pages
- 152 x 229mm | 508g
- 15 Jan 1991
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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Table of contents
Introduction. Acknowledgements. 1. Life. 2. Early Writings. The origin and effects of modern capitalism. The Decline of the Roman Empire. East, West and modern capitalism. 'Urban Sociology'. Citizenship, competition and capitalism. 3. Social Change in German Society. The Agricultural Workers. The Stock Exchange. The Industrial Workers. 4. The Sociology of Religion. The cultural significance of Protestantism. The Economic Ethics of the World Religions'. 5. Economy and Society. Sociology of Law. General Sociology. Economic Sociology. Sociology of Domination. Sociology of Music. 6. Methodological Writings. The Concept of Verstehen or 'Understanding'. The Concept of the 'Ideal Type'. The Postulate of 'Freedom from Value-Judgment'. 7. The Reception of Weber's Work During his Lifetime. 8. Weber's importance for sociology today and in the future. Notes. Index.
'Dirk Kasler's book is exceptionally useful as a compact yet thorough introduction to Weber's biography and central contributions. I am delighted that it has now become available in English translation.' Donald N. Levine, University of Chicago 'A very good project. There isn't a better introduction in any language and it should be very helpful.' Martin Albrow, University College, Cardiff