Political and Social Theory of Max Weber

Political and Social Theory of Max Weber : Collected Essays

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In this volume, a sequel to his study "Max Weber and German Politics", the author provides statements on current developments in the analysis of Weber's work. The book concentrates upon Weber's engagement with political issues and their influence over his more theoretical concepts. The author offers a critical analysis of Weber's notion of democracy, distinguishing its liberal and elitist features. A thorough assessment of Weber's views of socialism is provided against the backcloth of German Social Democracy. These isues are in turn related to the familiar theme of bureaucracy, which the author analyzes in terms of a novel discussion of the concept of rationalization. The author emphasizes the need to see Weber's sociology as part of an historical world-view, oriented to values of individuality and personal creativity. He deals with Weber's methodological concepts, concentrating on issues to do with ideal types and historical generalization. A concluding chapter is devoted to the reception of Weber's ideas in modern social thinking. The work is aimed at third year undergraduates and researchers in sociology, politics, history, philosophy and social philosophy.
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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 513g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074560451X
  • 9780745604510

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Table of contents

Part I ; 1. Politics and Scholarship: The Two Icons in Max Webers Life 2. The antinomical Structure of Max Weber's Political Thought 3. Max Weber on Liberalism and Constitutional Democracy 4. Capitalism and Socialism: Max Weber's Dialogue with Karl Marx 5. Joining the Underdogs? Weber's Critique of the Social Democrats in Wilhelmine Germany 6. Roberto Michels and Max Weber: Moral Fundamentalism Versus the Ethics of Responsibility ; Part II ; 1. Max Weber on Bureaucracy and Bureaucratization: Threat to Liberty and Instrument of Creative Action 2. Ideal Type and Pure Type: Two Variants of Max Weber's Ideal-typical Method 3. Max Weber's Theory of Legitimate Domination Today 4. Rationalization and Myths in Weber's Thoughts ; Part III ; 1. The Two Dimensions of Social Change in Max Weber's Sociological Theory 2. The Rediscovery of Max Weber.
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