The Cambridge Companion to Weber

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Overview

Max Weber is indubitably one of the very greatest figures in the history of the social sciences, the source of seminal concepts such as "the Protestant Ethic" and "modernity." Prominent as a founding father of sociology, Weber has been a major influence in the study of ancient history, religion, economics, law and cultural studies. In this Cambridge Companion a very distinguished international team of contributors introduces Weber's thought, examines some of the major controversies that have erupted, and shows how the intellectual issues Weber raised have developed since he wrote.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Stephen Turner's edited collection brings together original contributions from a dozen of the world's leading Weber scholars. It is a triumph to collect essays from scholars scattered around the globe. As ever, Cambridge University Press has produced a volume to admirable standards, with notes at the bottom of each page, not a single typographical mistake, and high-quality printing. Articles in English by the likes of Wilfried Nippel, Wolfgang Schluchter and Peter Lassman are to be treasured, and I have no hesitation in saying that the book should have a place in all self-respecting university libraries." Frank Webster, Times Higher Education Supplement

"...very high quality." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521567534
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors; Acknowledgements; Chronology of Weber's life; Abbreviations; Introduction Stephen P. Turner; Part I. Rationality, Rationalization and Psychology: 1. Rationality, economy and society Jon Elster; 2. Rationalization and culture Alan Sica; 3. Psychophysics of culture Wolfgang Schluchter; Part II. Politics and Culture: 4. The rule of man over man: politics, power and legitimation Peter Lassman; 5. Weber on the cultural situation of the modern age Lawrence A. Scaff; 6. Global capitalism and multi-ethnicity: Max Weber then and now Guenther Roth; 7. Constitutional Caesarism: Weber's politics in their German context Sven Eliaeson; Part III. Religions and their Economic Ethics: 8. Max Weber's Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Alistair Hamilton; 9. Max Weber's Orient John Love; 10. Max Weber's Ancient Judaism John Love; Part IV. Law and Economics: 11. Weber as legal historian Harold J. Berman and Charles J. Reid Jr; 12. From agrarian history to cross-cultural comparisons: Weber on Greco-Roman antiquity Wilfried Nippel; 13. Max Weber as economist and economic historian Stanley L. Engerman; Further reading; Index.

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