Lecture 9

Lecture 9 - Max Weber, 1864-1920 Weber LIFELONG...

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Max  Weber,  1864-1920
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Weber LIFELONG PREOCCUPATION WITH  THE ORIGIN AND NATURE OF  MODERN CAPITALISM AND WHY IT  EMERGED FIRST IN THE WEST.
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Protestant Ethic Proverbs 22:29 (Ketuvim and also  King James Bible) Seest thou a man diligent in his  business? he shall stand before kings;  he shall not stand before mean men.
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Zetilin’s analysis of Weber Zeitlin’s Main argument:  in their  respective conceptions of history Weber  and Marx are comparable and  complementary;  this is true in  spite of  the obvious political and social  differences that exist between the two  thinkers.
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Debate with Marx’s ghost Weber does seem to be in a debate with what  was taken as the Marxist view in his time, for  example, when h says “the view of historical  materialism, frequently espoused, that the  economic is in some sense the ultimate point  in the chain of causes is completely finished  as a scientific proposition.” he viewed Marxism as a sociology of  economic ultimate causes he rejected such a view
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“Economic” The economic for Weber referred to the  “material struggle for existence” and how  economics conditioned other institutions and  how, they  in turn affected economic  processes was the lifelong focus of Weber’s  intellectual work.  Concern with “the scientific investigation of  the general cultural significance of the social- economic structure of the human community  and its historical forms of organization”  (Archiv fur Sozialwissehschaft). 
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Similarities in methodologies Zeitlin claims, by contrast, that Marxism  is not (a), therefore, what Weber  rejected was one trend of Marxism In  his time, but if you look at how both  Marx and Weber worked, they are  similar
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Debate with Marx’s ghost  (cont) Zeitlin: “it was not Marx himself, but rather  some of his followers and critics who wrongly  attributed to him a form of technological  determinism.”  Zeitlin: And it is precisely because the so  called “materialist conception of history” is not  a rigid, deterministic, supra historical theory,  but rather a methodological approach, that we  insist on the compatibility and  complementarity of Marx and Weber. 
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Questions similar to Marx’s  Weber’s Chief Work, Economy and  Society, his concern with the Protestant  ethic, and with the relations between  East and West, all attest to his  sustained interest in questions Marx  raised.
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LIFELONG PREOCCUPATION 
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Lecture 9 - Max Weber, 1864-1920 Weber LIFELONG...

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