1st Edition

Max Weber and the Dispute over Reason and Value

By Stephen P. Turner, Regis A. Factor Copyright 1984
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    The problem of the nature of values and the relation between values and rationality is one of the defining issues of twentieth-century thought and Max Weber was one of the defining figures in the debate. In this book, Turner and Factor consider the development of the dispute over Max Weber's contribution to this discourse, by showing how Weber's views have been used, revised and adapted in new contexts.

    The story of the dispute is itself fascinating, for it cuts across the major political and intellectual currents of the twentieth century, from positivism, pragmatism and value-free social science, through the philosophy of Jaspers and Heidegger, to Critical Theory and the revival of Natural Right and Natural Law. As Weber's ideas were imported to Britain and America, they found new formulations and new adherents and critics and became absorbed into different traditions and new issues.

    This book was first published in 1984.

    Introduction 1. Problems of context and interpretation 2. Reason and decision: Weber's core doctrine and value choices i. The nature of value choice ii. Weber's 'scholarly' value choice iii. Weber's 'political' value choice 3. Weber's political design 4. The Weimar era dispute 5. Words into action: Jaspers and Heidegger 6. Nazism, Fascism and the later dispute 7. The ermergence of the dispute in England i. The English crisis of culture ii. The American context 8. The issue reframed: positivism and value-free social science i. Logical positivism and the dispute 9. the later form of the critique


    Stephen P. Turner, Regis A. Factor