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From Max Weber by Max Weber
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Apr 03, 10

Read from March 25 to April 03, 2010

Vocation Lectures; excerpts from Economy and Society; essays from what would be compiled as Weber's Collected Works on Sociology of Religion (an intro, a between-tro, a companion essay to PESC, excerpts from Confucianism and Daoism and Religions of India), and some pieces about Germany politics and economy. Good intro too.

Intro says Max thought both Conservatives and Marxists were too simplistic, so he tried to carve out a third Liberal way that acknowledged the individual as a social actor while also accounting for the determining powers of institution, class, and status. In his belief in 'charisma' and its steady 'routinization,' and in his conviction that Calvinist Protestantism was most 'rational' and a key ingredient for the development of capitalism, he was also a Protestant.

Here was a dude who believed that social life is always much more complex than anyone thinks it is. (Also, sociology). Thus it often feels like it's very difficult to get straight answers out of him. Nonetheless, despite his being a patron saint of contemporary liberalism, he is one of my favorite prophets of doom.
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