The Cambridge Companion to Weber (Cambridge Companions)

The Cambridge Companion to Weber (Cambridge Companions)

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Cambridge University Press, 1/12/2008
EAN 9780521567534, ISBN10: 052156753X

Paperback, 312 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2 cm
Language: English

Max Weber is indubitably one of the very greatest figures in the history of the social sciences, the source of seminal concepts like 'the Protestant Ethic', 'charisma' and the idea of historical processes of 'rationalization'. But, like his great forebears Adam Smith and Karl Marx, Weber's work always resists easy categorisation. Prominent as a founding father of sociology, Weber has been a major influence in the study of ancient history, religion, economics, law and, more recently, cultural studies. This Cambridge Companion provides an authoritative introduction to the major facets of his thought, including several (like industrial psychology) which have hitherto been neglected. A distinguished international team of contributors examines some of the major controversies that have erupted over Weber's specialized work, and shows how the issues have developed since he wrote. The articles demonstrate Weber's impact on a variety of research areas.

Chronology of Weber's life
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