A Critique of Max Weber's Philosophy of History

  title={A Critique of Max Weber's Philosophy of History},
  author={Gabriel Kolko},
  pages={21 - 36}
  • G. Kolko
  • Published 1 October 1959
  • Economics
  • Ethics
M AX WEBER, it is generally assumed, was no determinist when evaluating the meaning of history. "Meaning" was a historically conditioned viewpoint imposed by man on reality in the process of realizing his purposes, and Weber did not deem it his function to pass on the value of alternative theories of history or to propose a new one. Weber's reputation, therefore, has generally been that of a liberal and a believer in pluralist causality in history.1 This reputation, it is my thesis, has been… 
Max Weber, critical theory, and the administered world
The sociological perspectives of Max Weber and the “Frankfurt School” have been viewed as polarities in much of the recent literature. The Frankfurt sociologists were advocates of a neo-Marxism that
The protestant ethic and people's china: The Weberian thesis reconsidered
In response to his country's need for rapid economic development and social change, Mao Zedong transformed orthodox Marxist ideology into a quasi‐religious ethic similar to that of early Calvinist
The Genesis of Max Weber's Verstehende Soziologie
Max Weber's Verstehen method is examined in the light of contemporary intellectual background in Germany. It is argued that Verstehen was orig inally developed by Wilhelm Dilthey and Georg Simmel as
The Structure of Action: Parsons’ Formulation of the Action Frame of Reference
The object of this chapter is to discuss the theoretical character of Parsons’ theory of action, or more specifically what Parsons himself chooses to call the ‘action frame of reference’. While it is
Causal Explanation of Social Action
Causal explanations of social actions are central to modern as well as to classic sociology Even in its revised form. the most influential causal theory - the covering law theory- has not proved
The Economy and the Social System
The analyses so far have been almost totally abstract. The critical investigations presented in the previous chapters are pitched at the most general and theoretically fundamental level of the
Au carrefour de « deux solitudes », la sociologie et l'histoire, ce memoire vise a interroger les cles interpretatives deployees par les sociologues et historiens de l'imperialisme afin d'expliquer
Switches of Memory


Some Philosophical Implications of Max Weber's Methodology
SINCE Max Weber died seventeen years ago, the fundamental problematics of the social sciences have moved more and more into the LO focus of philosophical discussion. This, no doubt, is partly due to
Wilhelm Dilthey and Max Weber: An Empirical Approach to Historical Synthesis
W air WILHELM DILTHEY (i833-I9II) and Max Weber (I864-I920) were leading figures within a group of thinkers to whom the historicity of human existence and the historical character of knowledge came
Religion and the rise of capitalism
Abstract Ever since the publication in 1905 of Max Weber's study Die Protestantische Ethik und der Geist des Kapitalismus, there has been lively controversy concerning the connection between
Metaphysical Pathos and the Theory of Bureaucracy.
The conduct of a polemic focusses attention on the differences between two points of view to the neglect of their continuity and convergences. No modern polemic better exemplifies this than the
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
and English. Talcott Parsons, in his translation of Weber’s Essay, The Protestant Ethic and the Sprit of CaPitalism (Allen & Unwin, 193°, p. 4 f.), gives a short list of some of the more important
General Economic History (New York: Greenberg, 1927)
  • chap. xxx
  • 1927
For many intellectuals who have erected a theory of group organization on Weberian foundations, the world has been emptied of choice, leaving them disoriented and despairing
  • American Political Science Review
Law in Economy and Society (Cambridge
  • Future references will be to "Law."
  • 1954
In addition to Mayer's study an important discussion of Weber's practical political career can be found in Meyer Schapiro
  • Max Weber's Politics