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Weber, M (1864.4.21-1920.6.14)

Birthplace Erfurt, Germany.
Posts Held Prof. Econ., Univ. Freiburg, 1894-6, Univ. Heidelbertg, 1896-1904.
Publications Books: 1. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904-5, 1930); 2. The Theory of Social and Economic Organisation, eds. A. M. Henderson and T. Parsons (1922, 1947); 3. On the Methodology of the Social Sciences, eds. E. A. Shils and H. A. Finch (1949); 4. General Economic History (1923, 1961)
Career One of the major figures in sociology whose system was based on the meaning individuals attached to their actions. This led him to reject various other systems, including the utilitarianism of the marginalists. His famous thesis on Protestantism and capitalism was intended to resolve the paradox of the condemnation to the acquisitive spirit in Protestant theology and the evident economic success of members of Protestant sects. Much of his religion and the methodology of the social sciences. In Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft he examined economic activity for what it revealed about the social behaviour of groups. Owing to ill-health, much of his written work is in unfinished fragments which have been edited and published posthumously. Even his finished writings, however, are tortuously written and have created endless controversies.
Secondary Literature M. Weber, Max Weber: A Biography (1926, 1957); R. Bendix, `Weber, Max', International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences , D. L. Sills (ed.) (Macmillan and Free Press, 1968), vol. 16.

German Texts
Die Protestantische Ethik und der Geist des Kapitalismus ( pdf
Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Religionssoziologie II ( pdf
Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Religionssoziologie III ( pdf
Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Wissenschaftslehre ( pdf
Gesammelte Politische Schriften ( pdf
Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Soziologie und Sozialpolitik ( pdf
Der Nationalstaat und die Volkswirtschaftspolitik ( Akademische Antrittsrede an der Universität Freiburg, 1895
Über einige Kategorien der verstehenden Soziologie ( Veröffentlicht in: Logos. Internationale Zeitschrift für Philosophie der Kultur, 1913, Heft 3, S. 253 bis 294
Archiv für Sozialwissenschaft und Socialpolitik, 41. Band (
Der Beruf zur Politik ( Vier Vorträge, 1919 (55 Jahre)

English Texts
Bureaucracy ( Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, part III, chap. 6, pp. 650-78.
Causality and Probability ( From Coser, 1977:224-226.
Class, Status, and Power ( From Coser, 1977:228-230.
Class, Status, Party (
The Ideal Type ( From Coser, 1977:223-224.
Natural Science, Social Science, and Value Relevance ( From Coser, 1977:219-222.
General Economic History ( From: General Economic History. New York: Collier, 1961, chs. 22, 27-30.
Methodology of the Social Sciences ( in: The Methodology of the Social Sciences. ed. Edward A. Shils and Henry A. Finch.
Rationalization and Disenchantment ( From Coser, 1977:233-234.
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism ( New York: Scribner's Press, 1958, pp. 47-78.
The Protestan Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (
The Protestan Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (
The Social Psychology of the World Religions ( in: Theory and Society.
Legitimate Domination ( From: Economy and Society. Edited by Guenther Roth and Claus Wittich. New York: Bedminister Press, 1968, vol. 1, Conceptual Exposition, 212-54.
Types of Authority ( From Coser, 1977:226-227.
Sociology Of Community (
The Sociology of Religion (
Sociology of the World Religions: Introduction (
The Rejection and the Meaning of the World (
Sociology of Rulership and Religion (
Science as a Vocation (

Other Texts
Max Weber's Life and Work from Dead Sociologists' Society (
Max Weber: Works available at Wilson Library, Western Washington University (
Die drei reinen Typen legitimer Herrschaft ( Aus dem Nachlaß Max Webers 1922
Max Weber: Sein Leben (
Max Weber: Werke (
Max Weber: Soziologische Definitionen (
Max Weber ( Macquarie University POL264 Modern Political Theory
Max Weber on Bureaucracy ( Macquarie University POL264 Modern Political Theory
Max Weber on Capitalism ( Macquarie University POL264 Modern Political Theory
Max Webers Bürokratietheorie im Lichte elektronischer Kommunikationsmedien ( by Peter Fleissner at Vienna
Max und Alfred Weber - zwei ungleiche Brüder ( by Wolfgang Schluchter, in Forschungsmagazin "Ruperto Carola" - Heft 3/94, Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg
Das Bürokratiemodell Max Webers und dessen Bezüge zur Unternehmertheorie ( by Dirk Spilker
Max Weber's Approach to Religion ( by Moriyuki Abukuma
A Weberian Methodology of Sociological Studies ( by Moriyuki Abukuma
A Weberian Sociology of Religious Experience ( by Moriyuki Abukuma
Belief, Ethnicity, and Nationalism ( By David Little, United States Institute of Peace
SOCIALE ONGELIJKHEID EN KLASSEN: Max Weber's bijdrage aan de theorie van sociale ongelijkheid en klassen ( By Albert Benschop
Marx and Weber: A Comparison of Views on Industrial Society ( By John Martin Chamberlain
Bureaucracy: Weber's Ideal Type ( By Buck Kaplan and Jan Collins. pdf file
Unternehmerethos und Asketischer Protestantismus. Max Weber (1864-1920) ( By Mtthias Kuchenbrod
Unternehmerethos und Asketischer Protestantismus. Max Weber (1864-1920) ( By Mtthias Kuchenbrod
Die Funktion des Idealtypus nach Max Weber ( By Mtthias Kuchenbrod
Webers Typologie des Kapitalismus als Beispiel für eine Idealtypisxhe Begriffsbildung ( By Mtthias Kuchenbrod
Max Weber: Rationalität als Erkenntnis- und Realgrund ( By Mtthias Kuchenbrod
Detektivarbeit an Max Webers Text "Religionssoziologie" ( Impulse 21 / April 1996, by Hans Kippenberg and Petra Schilm
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism: Criticisms of Weber's Thesis ( By Sandra Pierotti
Max Weber's view of objectivity in social science ( By Steve Hoenisch

Other Resources
Max Weber im Kontext - Gesammelte Schriften, Aufsätze und Vorträge auf CD-ROM (
Verstehen: Max Weber's HomePage ( A site for undergraduates" by Frank W. Elwell
Max Weber-Kolleg f&uulm; kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien (
Weberian Sociology of Religion (
Virtual Religion Index ( Rutgers University Religion Department
blueball Social Science Information System based at the University of Amsterdam (

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