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Max Weber I: Critical Assessments


The essays contained in Max Weber: Critical Assessments (1) deal with the whole of the famous German sociologist's work. This four volume collection provides critical and analytical coverage of each of the central themes which contemporary sociology recognises in Weber's main published writings. As an aid to use by teachers and students, it has been organised in such a way that it corresponds with the major lines of Weber teaching. The essays reprinted here provide comprehensive analyses of the following themes:

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The essays contained in Max Weber: Critical Assessments (1) deal with the whole of the famous German sociologist's work. This four volume collection provides critical and analytical coverage of each of the central themes which contemporary sociology recognises in Weber's main published writings. As an aid to use by teachers and students, it has been organised in such a way that it corresponds with the major lines of Weber teaching. The essays reprinted here provide comprehensive analyses of the following themes:

* Max Weber: Life, Work and Intellectual Context
* Methodology: Verstehende Sociology
* The Protestant Ethic Thesis
* Economy and Society
* Power and Authority
* Bureaucracy
* Sociology of Religion
* Rationalisation
* Philosophy of Social Science

The collection is intended to provide a good thematic coverage of the chief features of Weber's writings, as recognised in the large body of scholarly literature developed over the last 70-80 years. The collection contains many classic articles of Weber scholarship, and traces the key features of the numerous debates over interpretation of the leading sociologist of the twentieth century. It includes those assessments of Weber's work which have themselves formed critical readings of his sociology for an international audience of scholars and students.
All articles have been reprinted in their entirety, and thus contain a wealth of invaluable bibliographic source material.
In order to help the reader review the chronological order of the articles, there is an appendix at the end of the General Commentary, listing each reprinted article, and indicating where it can be found in the four volume set.

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Peter Hamilton is a Lecturer at Open University.

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Table of Contents

Volume One

Preface, Abbreviations, Appendix: Chronological Table of Reprinted Articles, General Commentary

Section One: Max Weber: Life, Work and Intellectual Context


1. Max Weber's Generational Rebellion and Maturation

Gunther Roth

2. Max Weber as Outsider: His Nominal Influence on German Sociology in the Twenties Gerd Schroeter

3. Max Weber, 1864-1964 Talcott Parsons

4. Max Weber's Sociology Today Reinhard Bendix

5. Max Weber and the Spirit of American

Sociology Irving Louis Horowitz

6. The Functions of Classical Theory in Contemporary Sociological Research: The Case of Max Weber Kiku Adatto and Stephen Cole

7. Max Weber and German Sociology Georg Lukacs

8. Max Weber Wolfgang J.


9. Max Weber as a Critic of Bismarck Peter Baehr

10. Max Weber: Methods and the Man John Torrance

11. Max Weber and Jakob Burckhardt Reinhard Bendix

12. Max Weber, Ernst Troeltsch, Georg Jellinek as Comparative Sociologists Benjamin


13. Max Weber's `Author's Introduction' (1920): A Master Clue to his Main Aims Benjamin Nelson

14. The Problem of Thematic Unity in the Works of Max Weber Friedrich H. Tenbruch

15. Max Weber: A Bibliographical Essay Gunther Roth

16. Max

Weber: A Monumental Edition in the Making Gianfranco Poggi

17. Neglected Affinities: Max Weber and Georg Simmel Jim Fraught

Volume Two

Section Two: Methodology: Verstehende Sociology


18. Some Contributions of Max Weber to

Sociological Theory T. Abel

19. Evaluation and Objectivity in Social Science: an Interpretation of Max Weber's Contribution Talcott Parsons

20. Scientific Objectivity and Value Hypotheses Pietro Rossi

21. Parsons, Weber and the Subjective Point of View

Stewart Butts

22. The Verstehen Thesis and the Foundations of Max Weber's Methodology Guy Oakes

23. Max Weber's Methodological Strategy and Comparative Lifeworld John R. Hall

24. `Sense' and `Intention' in Max Weber's Theory of Social Action Peter

A. Munch

25. Type Methodology and Type Myth: Some Antecedents of Max Weber's Approach Mark J. Goodman

26. Max Weber's Verstehen William T. Tucker

Section Three: The Protestant Ethic Thesis


27. The Protestant Ethic and the

Spirit of Capitalism E. Fischoff

28. Protestantism and Capitalism in Pre-revolutionary England Charles and Catherine George

29. Religion and the Rise of Modern Science Theodore K. Rabb

30. The Sociological Import of a Metaphor: Tracking the

Source of Max Weber's `Iron Cage' Edward A. Tiryakian

31. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism: a Natural Scientific Critique P. Razzell

32. Beyond Lenski: A Critical Review of Recent `Protestant Ethic' Research G.D. Bouma

33. Max Weber

and American Protestantism Benton Johnson

34. Catholics, Calvanists, and Rational Control: Further Explorations in the Weberian Thesis D.W. Ball

35. Protestant Ethic Versus Spirit of Capitalism? H.B. Barclay

36. The Weber Thesis and the Development of

Capitalism in Scotland Gordon Marshall

37. The Dark Side of the Weber Thesis: The Case of Scotland Gordon Marshall

38. The Weber Thesis and South East Asia S.H. Alastas

39. Religious Belief and Economic Behaviour in a Central Javanese Town C.


40. The Protestant Ethic: Time for a Moratorium A.M. Greely

41. The Protestant Work Ethic as a General Precondition for Economic Development N. Hansen

42. Calvinism, Capitalism and Confusion: The Weberian Thesis Revisited D.P. Forcese

43. `The Zwinglian Reformation in Zurich' Norman Birnbaum

44. Conscience and the Making of Early Modern Cultures: The Protestant Ethic Beyond Max Weber Benjamin Nelson

Volume Three

Section Four: Economy and Society



Conflicting Interpretations of the Rise of Capitalism: Marx and Weber Norman Birnbaum

46. Marx, Weber and the Development of Capitalism Anthony Giddens

47. Max Weber and the Concept of Social Class Bryn Jones

48. Consciences, Sciences, Civilisations

Benjamin Nelson

49. Max Weber as Rural Sociologist Q.J. Munters

50. Max Weber's Conceptual Portrait of Feudalism Gianfranco Poggi

51. Agrarian Sociology of Ancient Civilisations Guy Oakes

52. On Orient and Occident in Max Weber Benjamin


Section Five: Power and Authority


53. Social Science and Political Commitments in the Young Max Weber Vernon K. Dibble

54. Max Weber on Law and the Rise of Capitalism David M. Trubek

55. Max Weber's Political

Sociology and his Philosophy of World History Wolfgang J. Mommsen

56. Max Weber and Robert Michels: An Asymmetrical Relationship Wolfgang J. Mommsen

57. Political Critiques of Max Weber: Some Implications for Sociology Gunther Roth

58. Prussian

Agriculture - German Politics: Max Weber Keith Tribe

Volume Four

Section Six: Bureaucracy


59. Weber and Mommsen: Non-Marxist Materialism G.H. Mueller

60. The Notion of Rationality in the Work of Max Weber G.H.


61. Charisma, Order and Status Edward Shils

62. Max Weber's Sociology of Law: A Critique R. Walton

63. Max Weber's Sociology of Law I.M. Zeitlin

Section Seven: Sociology of Religion


64. The Sects and the

Breakthrough into the Modern World Stephen B. Berger

65. Some Reflections on the Significance of Max Weber's Sociology of Religions for the Analysis of non-European Modernity S.N. Eisenstadt

66. `Elective Affinities' between Weber's Sociology of Religion and

Sociology of Law Hubert Treiber

67. The Religious Factor in Social Change: Max Weber and the Moravian Paradox G.L. Gollin

68. Max Weber, `Rational Capitalism', and Renaissance Italy Robert J. Holton

Section Eight: Rationalisation and Modernity


69. Call to Order: The Role of the Puritan Berufmensch in Weberian Sociology Arnold M. Eisen

70. History and Sociology in the Work of Max Weber Gunther Roth

71. Reason, Utopia, and the Dialectic of Enlightenment A. Wellmer

72. Max

Weber on the Sociology of Culture and Theory of Civilisation Don Martindale

73. Modernity, Meaning, and Cultural Pessimism in Max Weber Steven Seidman

74. Max Weber's Interpretation of Conduct and History Reinhard Bendix

Section Nine: Philosophy of

Social Science


75. Method and Substantive Theory in Max Weber Stanislav Andreski

76. Max Weber and Empirical Social Research P. Lazarsfeld and A.R. Oberschall

77. Jeffrey Alexander and the Search for Multi-Dimensional Theory R.


78. Max Weber Today: Notes on the Problem of Objectivity in the Social Sciences J.W. Petras and J.F. Curtis

79. Value Relevance, Scientific Laws and Ideal Types: The Sociological Method of Max Weber J. Rex

80. Max Weber: Man of Affairs or

Theoretical Sociologist? T.S. Simey

81. The Problem of Reference in Max Weber's Theory of Causal Explanation G. Wagner and H. Zipprian

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