- Copyright Page
- About the Editors
- Abbreviated Titles for Max Weber’s Texts
- Chronology of Max Weber’s Life
- Max Weber Past, Present, and Future
- Economics and Society and the Fate of Liberal Capitalism
- Max Weber’s Analysis of Capitalism
- Money, Credit, and Finance in Capitalism
- Law and the Development of Capitalism
- Is There a Future for Bourgeois Liberalism?
- Contemporary Capitalism and the Distribution of Power in Society
- Weberian Social Theory: Rationalization in a Globalized World
- Democracy, Partisanship, and Civil Society
- Nation, Nation-State, and Nationalism
- The Weberian City, Civil Society, and Turkish Social Thought
- The Modern State and Its Monopoly on Violence
- The Relevance of Weber’s Conception and Typology of Herrschaft
- The Supranational Dimension in Max Weber’s Vision of Politics
- Plebiscitary Politics and the Threats to Legality: Some Classical Insights on a Current Phenomenon
- Politics and Ethics, and the Ethic of Politics
- Max Weber’s Ethics for the Modern World
- Max Weber and the Late Modernization of Catholicism
- The “Disenchantment of the World” or Why We Can No Longer Use the Formula as Max Weber Might Have Intended
- The Literati and the Dao: Vernacular and Nation in China
- Class, Caste, and Social Stratification in India: Weberian Legacy
- Including Islam
- The Study on Ancient Israel and Its Relevance for Contemporary Politics
- The Rationalizations of Culture and Their Directions
- Max Weber and the Sociology of Music
- Contemporary Life Conduct and Existential Cultures
- From Occidental Rationalism to Multiple Modernities
- Max Weber and the Idea of the Occident
- Intellectuals, Scholars, and the Value of Science
- The Iron Cage in the Information Age: Bureaucracy as Tangible Manifestation of a Deep Societal Phenomenon
- Causation, Value Judgments, Verstehen
- Realism and Reality in Max Weber
Abstract and Keywords
Max Weber is one of the most important social theorists of the past century. His legacy includes a distinctive approach to inquiry and engagement with political and cultural issues. The Weberian perspective can be understood as both a “paradigm” for analyzing social phenomena and a specification of categories defining the field of inquiry, such as economy, power, stratification, religion, law, culture, and science. The handbook presents chapters exploring each of these substantive topics, demonstrating the application of Weberian concepts and ideas to contemporary problems. The future promises a worldwide diffusion of Weber’s ideas, addressed especially to the challenges of global modernity. The introductory chapter concludes with a detailed chronology of Weber’s life.
Edith Hanke is Generalredakteurin of the Max Weber Gesamtausgabe at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Munich. She worked on Leo Tolstoy and his significance for German cultural debate c. 1900. She edited Max Weber's "Sociology of Domination" for the Max Weber Gesamtausgabe (I/22-4 and I/23) and is currently engaged in research on Max Weber's world-wide proliferation and reception.
Lawrence Scaff is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Wayne State University, Detroit. He is the author of Fleeing the Iron Cage (University of California Press, 1989), Max Weber in America (Princeton University Press, 2011; German transl. Duncker & Humblot, 2013), and Weber and the Weberians (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
Sam Whimster is Professor Emeritus of Sociology in the Global Policy Institute, London, and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences. He is the editor of the journal Max Weber Studies and the author of Understanding Weber (Routledge, 2007; Portuguese translation 2007). He edited, with Hans Henrik Bruun, Max Weber's Collected Methodological Writings (Routledge, 2012). He is co-author of Federal Central Banks (Forum Press, 2018).
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