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Lecture notes taken on Ernst Immanuel Becker's lecture on the history ofRoman Law at Heidelberg University. Also a printed syllabus.

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Max Weber 1864 - 1920

Max Weber was the son of a wealthy liberal politician and a Calvinist mother.He was educated at Heidelburg, Berlin and Gottingen universities. In 1893 hebecame a jurist in Berlin. In 1895, 1897 and 1919 he was appointed professorof economics at Freiburg, Heidelburg and Munich universities. After hisfather's death in 1897, Weber suffered a nervous collapse. He eventuallyrecovered and his most famous work The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit ofCapitalism was published in 1904. This work examined the relationshipbetween Calvinist morality, compulsive labour, bureaucracy and economicsuccess under capitalism. Weber also wrote about social phenomena such ascharisma and mysticism, which he saw as antithetical to the modern world andits underlying process of rationalisation. His efforts helped establishsociology as an academic discipline in Germany. Through his insistence on theneed for objectivity and his analysis of human action in terms of motivation,he profoundly influenced sociological theory.

His publications include:

  • Roman Agrarian History (1891)
  • The Objectivity of the Sociological and Social-Political Knowledge" (1904)
  • The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904)
  • Economy and Society (1914)
  • Politics as a Vocation (1918)
  • General Economic History (1923)
  • The Methodology of the Social Sciences (1949)


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