Max Weber

Max Weber was a German sociologist, economist, and political economist, born on April 21, 1864, and died on June 14, 1920. He is considered one of the founding figures of modern sociology and is best known for his thesis on the Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism, as well as his ideas on bureaucracy. Weber's works on the sociology of religion, law, and authority are also highly influential. His methodology of sociological research, which emphasized the importance of understanding social action through subjective meaning, has had a lasting impact on the social sciences.


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  1. 1. Economy and Society

    "Economy and Society" is a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between economy and society, focusing on the role of social actions and their impact on economic systems. The book presents a theoretical framework for understanding how economic and social structures influence each other, including the role of bureaucracy, power, and authority. The author also introduces his famous concept of the "Protestant Ethic", linking the rise of capitalism to certain aspects of Christian beliefs. The book is considered a fundamental text in sociology and economics, providing a deep understanding of social and economic phenomena.

    The 961st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

    This book is a sociological study that explores the relationship between the ethics of ascetic Protestantism and the emergence of the spirit of modern capitalism. The author argues that the religious ideas of groups such as the Calvinists played a role in creating the capitalistic spirit. The work is noted for its rigorous methodology and its contribution to the broader understanding of the origins and development of capitalism. It has been widely influential across social sciences, especially in sociology and economics.

    The 1145th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Essays in Sociology

    This book is a collection of essays that delve into the intricate aspects of sociology. The author explores the role of politics, religion, and economics in shaping society while also examining the influence of bureaucracy and charisma on leadership. It also provides comprehensive insights into the theory of social action, the nature of social relationships, and the concept of ideal types. This book is a significant contribution to understanding the complexities of social structures and human behavior.

    The 7960th Greatest Book of All Time