Romance and Reason: Ontological and Social Sources of Alienation in the Writings of Max Weber

Romance and Reason: Ontological and Social Sources of Alienation in the Writings of Max Weber

by Andrew M. Koch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739111019

ISBN-13: 9780739111017

Pub. Date: 12/22/2005

Publisher: Lexington Books

In Romance and Reason, Andrew M. Koch notes that in the annals of social research the jury is still out on Max Weber. This is due to the fact that Weber's enormous body of foundational work in sociology is continually undergoing several simultaneous versions of integration into contemporary social research. Whether Weber is a central, secondary, or tertiary

Overview

In Romance and Reason, Andrew M. Koch notes that in the annals of social research the jury is still out on Max Weber. This is due to the fact that Weber's enormous body of foundational work in sociology is continually undergoing several simultaneous versions of integration into contemporary social research. Whether Weber is a central, secondary, or tertiary consideration in social research, it behooves any social scientist to take a position on the work of Max Weber.

In this erudite new biography, Koch argues that Weber's understanding of the Enlightenment, in all its epistemological and ontological structures, conveys the Enlightenment itself as an alienating worldview. As a result, Koch contends, the full depth of Weber's body of work has yet to be excavated and studied. Romance and Reason is an analysis of the genesis of the concept of alienation and, in an imaginative and necessary turn, Koch works to re-create the context in which Weber understood alienation in both the intellectual and lived sense. This book is a fundamental explication on the contemporary Weber and is a salient addition to sociology, cultural studies, cultural anthropology, and any field that is invested in understanding contemporary culture and society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739111017
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
12/22/2005
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionix
Chapter 1Max Weber and Alienation1
Chapter 2The Historical Roots of Weber's View of Alienation21
Chapter 3Max Weber's Methodology: The Limits of Human Knowledge65
Chapter 4Max Weber's Ontology: The Limits of the Individual95
Chapter 5Rationality and the Roots of Social Alienation131
Chapter 6Rationality and Capitalism155
Chapter 7Bureaucracy and Formal Rationality185
Chapter 8Conclusions Regarding Weber, Alienation, and Human Subjectivity215
Selected Bibliography225
Index233
About the Author245

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