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2/27/07 Tuesday Weber (1920 RIP); MID-TERM THIS THURSDAY!!! I. Background A. Third section of class B. Illustrate better than anything else how to conceptualize the world and build theories to shape things C. Important in understanding how belief and attitude shape behavior D. Weber 1. Weber is the most important social theorist of the 20 th Century a. Notions developed by Weber 1). Charisma 2). Bureaucracy 3). Life-style 4). Ideal type 5). Rationalism b. You find Weber’s footsteps everywhere 2. Interested in politics, became a lawyer 3. Father is a prominent figure of the 1890s and mother is a pioustess (very pious) a. Father is very dominant 1). Weber sees that his father is dominant over his mother a). Weber had a bad temper so ordered his father out of his home due to the way he treated Weber’s mother Father died soon after, Weber got severe depression – the only thing that helped him was traveling 2). Very interested in how belief system shape how people function in the world a). Thus wrote the book we are reading in class today! (Protestant Ethics) Weber’s response to Marx II. Relationship to Marx (problem of “transcendent theory”) A. Weber was a great defender of individual freedom 1. How can individual freedom be preserved in the increasing bureaucratized labor society 2. Weber is a total realist, unlike Marx, and doesn’t believe that there is an end to history a. Goal: How do you secure a decent living of the majority of the population in an advanced industrial society 1). Very interested in the independent power of ideas – how ideas drives people’s lives a). Ex. very interested in religions (Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.) How these ideas shape how people would see their role in the world and their function in the world
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Not really interested in religion as religion, but as how it is a world ethic for behavior How to change people’s lives? B. Shadow of Marx 1. “Should he arise from his grave today and look around, despite several deviations working against his prophecy, he could truly say this is flesh of my flesh, the bone of my bone” a. Marx is inescapable, he understood enough to predict things 2. Problem is how Marx did things a.
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