Max Weber's 'Objectivity' Reconsidered

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The German sociologist Max Weber (1864-1920) is without question one of the founders of modern social science. In his methodological writings, notably his essay "The 'Objectivity' of Knowledge in Science and Policy" (1904), Weber sought reflexively to establish a trans-culturally valid basis for the historical and cultural sciences. Over the past century, however, his work has given rise to divergent interpretations and practical applications within different disciplinary and ...

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Overview

The German sociologist Max Weber (1864-1920) is without question one of the founders of modern social science. In his methodological writings, notably his essay "The 'Objectivity' of Knowledge in Science and Policy" (1904), Weber sought reflexively to establish a trans-culturally valid basis for the historical and cultural sciences. Over the past century, however, his work has given rise to divergent interpretations and practical applications within different disciplinary and cultural contexts.

In Max Weber's 'Objectivity' Reconsidered, Laurence H. McFalls and a distinguished group of contributors explore the fragmented reception of Weber's work and the legacies of his methodological writings for contemporary social science, offering their appraisals of Weber's successes and failures in laying the groundwork for an 'objective' social science. They develop a 'Weberian' theory of his reception and evaluate the possibility of an 'objectively' valid Weberian social science today.

This essential volume not only contributes to the resurgence of interest in Weber's oeuvre but goes beyond the exegetic and polemical debates of the burgeoning 'Weberological' literature in offering a coherent theoretical explanation for the proliferation of interpretations that Weber's writings continue to elicit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802092243
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 5/9/2007
  • Series: German and European Studies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurence H. McFalls is a professor in the Department of Political Science at l?Université de Montréal.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Towards a Comparative Reception-History of Max Weber's Oeuvre   Laurence McFalls   Augustin Simard   Barbara Theriault     3
The Partisan and the Scholar: Weber's 'Objectivity' between Theory and Practice
Weber on Objectivity: Advocate or Critic?   John Drysdale     31
The Paradox of Social Science: Weber, Winch, and Wittgenstein   John G. Gunnell     58
Ideal-Types as 'Utopias' and Impartial Political Clarification: Weber and Mannheim on Sociological Prudence   Peter Breiner     89
Did Weber Practise the Objectivity He Preached?   Mario Bunge     117
'Objectivity' in Cross-cultural Translation
Speaking Past One Another: Durkheim, Weber, and Varying Modes of Sociological Explanation   Catherine Colliot-Thelene     137
Talcott Parsons: A Critical Loyalty to Max Weber   Guy Rocher     165
Weberianism, Modernity, and the Fall of the Wall   Roberto Motta     184
Rethinking Weber's Ideal-Types of Development, Politics, and Scientific Knowledge   Naoshi Yamawaki     206
Weber, Braudel, and Objectivity in Comparative Research   Jack Goody     225
An Empirical Assessment of Max Weber's 'Objectivity of Social Science Knowledge'   Anthony Oberschall     241
Weber and Contemporary Social Science: An Opportunity Missed?
On Being a Weberian (after Spain's 11-14 March): Notes on the Continuing Relevance of the Methodological Perspective Proposed by Weber   Robert M. Fishman     261
Weber and the Problem of Social Science Prediction   Stephen E. Hanson     290
Weber, Objectivity, and the Classics of Comparative Politics   Jeffrey Kopstein     309
Also One Hundred Years since Weber Flirted with Ethnography   James A. Boon     322
Conclusion: The 'Objectivist' Ethic and the 'Spirit' of Science   Laurence McFalls   Augustin Simard   Barbara Theriault     351
Contributors     375
Index     383
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