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Max Weber’s Methodology

The Unification of the Cultural and Social Sciences

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$37.50 • £30.95 • €34.00

ISBN 9780674001831

Publication Date: 03/15/2000


208 pages

6 x 9 inches

3 line illustrations


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Interpretation and Explanation
  • 1. Aspects of Weber’s Intellectual Field
    • The German Historical Tradition
    • The Threat of ‘Positivism’
    • The Revival of the Humanistic Disciplines
  • 2. Weber’s Adaptation of Rickert
    • Rickert’s Position and Its Problems
    • Weber’s Adaptation
    • Against Naturalism, Holism, and Irrationalism
  • 3. Singular Causal Analysis
    • Objective Probability and Adequate Causation
    • The Frameworks and Tactics of Causal Analysis
    • Contemporary Formulations
  • 4. Interpretation and Explanation
    • From Interpretation to Causal Analysis
    • Interpretive Sociology
    • The Ideal Type and Its Functions
  • 5. Objectivity and Value Neutrality
    • The Two Components of Weber’s Position through 1910
    • The Maxim and Ethos of Value Neutrality
    • Contemporary Formulations
  • 6. From Theory to Practice
    • Neither Marxism nor Idealism
    • From Methodological Individualism to the Comparative Analysis of Structural Change
    • An Example of Weber’s Practice: The Protestant Ethic
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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