- 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 was a realist not only from a political but also from an epistemological perspective. This chapter tries to shed light upon this aspect of Weber’s works, stressing the central importance of his concept of a “science of reality” (Wirklichkeitswissenschaft). He viewed science not so much as a destiny for modern humanity but, rather, as a choice. The main sources of his realism are examined, as well as two weaknesses of the Weberian science of reality: its weak historical teleology and a value-based conception of culture. Finally, it is suggested that the current “realist turn” in human sciences is sowing seeds of a Weber renaissance in the twenty-first century.
Sérgio da Mata is associate professor at Ouro Preto University, Brazil. He earned his PhD from the University of Cologne. He is author of Chão de Deus (2002), História & Religião (2010), and A fascinação weberiana. As origens da obra de Max Weber (2013). His edited collections include Contributions to Theory and Comparative History of Historiography: German and Brazilian Perspectives (2015; with Luísa Pereira and Luiz Fernandes). He has authored numerous articles on Max Weber, German historicism, and German philosophical anthropology. His current project explores the intellectual history of Joachim Ritter’s Collegium philosophicum at the University of Münster and its meaning for the Weberian tradition in postwar Germany. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Deutsches Akademisches Austauschdienst, the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, and the Deutsche Schillergesellschaft.
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