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Max Weber: Selections in Translation

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  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • In this volume, Mr Runciman has selected extracts, from Max Weber's writings which reflect the full range of his major concerns: the nature of domination in human society, the role of ideas in history, the social determinants of religion, the origin and impact of industrial capitalism and the scope and limits of social science itself. He has also included some shorter extracts from Weber's less familiar writings on such diverse topics as the stock exchange and the history of the piano.

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    'The volume as a whole amply fulfils the editor's intention to produce 'a selection which will, so far as is possible within a single volume, give the English-speaking reader an overall picture of Weber's contribution to the remarkably wide range of topics in the social sciences to which he addressed himself over his career.' Economic Journal

    'Mr Runciman's carefully edited selections (fluently, indeed brilliantly, translated by Mr Matthews) offer a most serviceable introduction. The oeuvre of a giant is not easily condensed: but most of these selections go right to the core of what Weber had to say about methodology, about religion, bureaucracy and law, and of his contributions to comparative economic history.' The Observer

    'The editor has trusted his own good judgement, including some familiar pieces and some unfamiliar ones, and he has modestly kept his own comments to a minimum. The translator has worked to great effect. And the publisher has produced a very elegant book. The result is a first-class collection, the best of its kind.' New Society

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139239516
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Publisher's note
    Biographical summary
    Part I. The Foundations of Social Theory: Introduction
    1. The nature of social action
    2. Basic categories of social organisation
    3. Classes, status groups and parties
    Part II. The Methodology of the Social Sciences: Introduction
    4. Value-judgements in social science
    5. The concept of 'following a rule'
    6. The logic of historical explanation
    Part III. Ideology: Introduction
    7. Protestant asceticism and the spirit of capitalism
    8. The soteriology of the underprivileged
    9. The religions of Asia
    Part IV. Politics: Introduction
    10. Politics as a vocation
    11. The nature of charismatic domination
    12. Socialism
    13. Economic policy and the national interest in imperial Germany
    14. The prospects for liberal democracy in Tsarist Russia
    Part V. Economic and Social History: Introduction
    15. Urbanisation and social structure in the ancient world
    16. Government, kinship and capitalism in China
    17. The origins of industrial capitalism in Europe
    18. The development of bureaucracy and its relation to law
    Part IV. Miscellaneous Topics: Introduction
    19. Race relations
    20. Industrial psychology
    21. The stock exchange
    22. The history of the piano
    23. Freudianism
    24. Sociology and biology
    Index.

  • Author

    Max Weber

    Editor

    W. G. Runciman

    Translator

    E. Matthews

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