The Iron Cage: An Historical Interpretation of Max Weber

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Transaction Publishers, 1970 - 337 pagina's
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This major study of the father of modern sociology explores the intimate relationship between the events of Max Weber's personal history and the development of his thought. When it was first published in 1970, Paul Roazen described "The Iron Cage "as "an example of the history of ideas at its very best"; while Robert A. Nisbet said that "we learn more about Weber's life in this volume than from any other in the English language."

Weber's life and work developed in reaction to the rigidities of familial and social structures in Imperial Germany. In his youth he was torn by irreconcilable tensions between the Bismarckian authoritarianism of his father and the ethical puritanism of his mother. These tensions led to a psychic crisis when, in his thirties, he expelled his father (who died soon thereafter) from his house. His reaction to the collapse of the European social order before and during World War I was no less personal and profound. It is the triumph of Professor Mitzman's approach that he convincingly demonstrates how the internalizing of these severe experiences led to Weber's pessimistic vision of the future as an "iron cage" and to such seminal ideas as the notion of charisma and the concept of the Protestant ethic and its connection with the spirit of capitalism. The author's thesis also serves as a vehicle for describing the social, political, and personal plight of the European bourgeois intellectual of Weber's generation.

In synthesizing Weber's life and thought, Arthur Mitzman has expanded and refined our understanding of this central twentieth-century figure. As Lewis Coser writes in the preface, until now "there has been little attempt to bring together the work and the man, to show the ways in which Weber's cognitive intentions, his choice of problems, were linked with the details of his personal biography. Arthur Mitzman fills this gap brilliantly."

 

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Webers Family Background and Youth 18641886
15
In the Fathers House 18861892
39
Assault on the Junker Hegemony
75
1 WEBERS PERSPECTIVES ON THE EAST ELBIAN QUESTION 18921895
77
MOVES TOWARD INDEPENDENCE
84
3 THE AUSBLICK OF 1892
94
4 THE REFERAT OF 1893
99
5 ALTHOFF WEBER SR AND MARRIAGE
109
Asceticism and Mysticism
192
1 FROM ASCETICISM TO MYSTICISM 19041910
194
2 RELIGION IN WIRTSCHAFT UND GESELLSCHAFT 191113
201
3 RELIGION RATIONALIZATION AND EROS 1916
209
4 SCIENCE MODERNITY MEANINGLESSNESS 1919
219
Aristocracy and Charisma in Webers Political Thought 19111919
231
Webers Retreat from Ascetic Rationalism 19071920
253
SOMBART THE GEORGEKREIS LUKACS
256

6 FROM SOCIALISM TO LIBERAL IMPERIALISM
119
Orestes and the Furies
148
Estrangement and Eros 19031920
165
Recovery The Yoke of History
167
THE NEW UNDERSTANDING OF WORLDLY ASCETICISM
171
2 THE SOCIOLOGY OF REIFICATION AND THE PRAISE OF FOLLY
176
Marx Nietzsche and the Spirits of Defiance
181
2 THE PERSONAL EVOLUTION
277
Weber and German History
297
A SKETCH OF THE PERTINENT BIBLIOGRAPHY ON MAX WEBER
307
ABBREVIATIONS USED IN FOOTNOTES AND NOTES
315
NOTES
317
INDEX
329
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Pagina 3 - At the heart of Weber's vision lies only the truth of his epoch, his country and his station, the truth of a bourgeois scholar in Imperial Germany.

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