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Max Weber By John Patrick Diggins

Max Weber
by John Patrick Diggins

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This study challenges Weber's iconic status and in the process uncovers another side of Weber: the one influenced by Nietzsche. It connects the critical moments of Weber's life to his most enduring ideas on power, capitalism, bureaucracy and science.
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Max Weber by John Patrick Diggins

Ever since World War II, Max Weber has functioned as a kind of monument to the most conservative and conventional orthodoxies of the social science establishments. John Patrick Diggins uncovers another Weber: one influenced by Nietzsche, one whose deep belief in individualism bound him close to the Emersonian tradition in America, one with a Lincoln-like sense of history as tragedy, and one with a sober sense of the responsibilities of state. Max Weber is a fresh look at the life and work of one of the greatest social and political thinkers of the modern era, and the first book to focus on Weber from an American perspective. Ever since World War II, Max Weber has been regarded as a monument to the most conservative and conventional orthodoxies of the social science establishment. Despite the fact that many of Webers books, foremost among them, Economy and Society and The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, are classics and continue to be read, there has never been a single-volume treatment of Webers life and thought in English. In reversing this critical neglect, John Patrick Diggins challenges Webers iconic status and in the process uncovers another side of Weber: one influenced by Nietzche, one whose deep belief in individualism bound him close to the Emersonian tradition in America, one with a Lincoln-like sense of history as tragedy, and one with a sober sense of the responsibilities of the state. Diggins brilliantly connects the critical moments of Webers lifeand in particular, his experience of Americato his most enduring ideas on power, capitalism, bureaucracy, and science. He argues that Webers emphasis on such topics as rapaciousness, hypocrisy, and deception makes his work timelier than ever in helping to illuminate the dilemmas of modern American politics.

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Table of Contents


Introduction; The Last Puritan; Mans Philosophy Is His Biography; Authority and Its Discontents; Calvinism and Capitalism: The Irony of Unintended Consequences; Human Action and Its Meanings; The Dignity of the Academic Calling; A Joyous Triumph over Rationality: Women, the Erotic, and the Power of Status Politics; Subjectivity in Morals, Willfulness in Politics: Germany, America, and World War I; Peace Without Victory and Gambling on Gratitude: Woodrow Wilson and Max Weber; The German Revolution of 1918 and the Doctrine of Socialism; The Centre Cannot Hold; Epilogue.

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GOR010093656
Max Weber by John Patrick Diggins
John Patrick Diggins
Used - Good
Hardback
INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
1997-02-20
352
0465017509
9780465017508
N/A
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