- 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 <i>Herrschaft</i>
- 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, <i>Verstehen</i>
- Realism and Reality in Max Weber
Abstract and Keywords
Although Max Weber did not comment extensively or systematically on the literary, visual, and plastic arts, several key statements allow us to reconstruct his views on the rationalization of the aesthetic sphere against the backdrop of the development of Western culture more generally. This chapter outlines this argument with reference to his remarks on art, literature, and cultural life in published writings, speeches, and private correspondence. His allusions to and discussions of specific art historians, cultural critics, cultural movements, artworks, and artists—from Rembrandt and Milton to Stefan George and Leo Tolstoy, for instance—are considered in light of his ideas on the directions of rationalization and their implications for intellectual work (including his own) as itself a kind of cultural practice. Weber’s concern with many dimensions of the rationalization of occidental culture, and of aesthetic culture in particular, has been taken up by later thinkers and has lessons for how we think of the directions of rationalization today.
Thomas Kemple is professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to articles in Theory, Culture & Society and the Journal of Classical Sociology, his most recent works include Intellectual Work and the Spirit of Capitalism (2012), The Anthem Companion to Georg Simmel (co-edited with Olli Pyyhtinen; 2017), Simmel (2018), and Writing the Body Politic: A John O’Neill Reader (co-edited with Mark Featherstone; 2019).
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