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Max Weber's Sociology of Civilizations: A Reconstruction




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July 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
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This book investigates civilizations through the works of Max Weber. Articulating his sociology in a manner that provides clear guidelines for the systematic investigation of civilizations, the volume focuses upon his ‘big picture’ themes: his comparative-historical methodology and his causal explanations for the singular sources, contours, and trajectories of civilizations. Through detailed interpretations of Weber’s wide-scope and configurational analysis of the West’s unique development from Antiquity to the Modern era, his forceful comparisons to the discrete pathways taken by China and India, and his careful demarcation of the ‘particular rationalism’ of several civilizations, the author examines Weber’s stark opposition to organic holism, mono-causal procedures, and structural presuppositions. As such, this study masterfully conveys  his contextual and multi-causal mode of analysis rooted in a tight interweaving of the present with the past. Weber’s research strategies also emphasize both the ‘subjective meanings’ of actors East and West and the deep cultural and long-range origins of their salient groups. In this way, social scientists pursuing a cross-civilizational agenda will be able to discover Weberian ‘interpretive understanding’ procedures for empirical investigations. Max Weber's Sociology of Civilizations: A Reconstruction will contribute decisively and significantly to the now-essential field of civilizational analysis, and will appeal to comparative sociologists and historians, as well as to social theorists of all persuasions.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Weber's Major Themes and the Foundational Features of His Methodology

1. Five Civilizations Themes

2. The Methodology: Foundational Features and the Mode of Analysis

Part II: The Conceptual Framework I: The Rationalization of Social Action Models and the Development Models

3. The Rationalization of Social Action Models: The Overarching Civilizations Theme

4. The Rationalization of Social Action Model I: The Rulership Domain

5. The Rationalization of Social Action Model II: The Law Domain

6. The Rationalization of Social Action Model III: The Religion Domain

7. The Rationalization of Social Action Model IV: The Economy Domain

Part III: The Conceptual Framework II: Expanding its Range and Evaluating its Usefulness

8. Weber's Further Models Salient to the Analysis of Civilizations  

9. Evaluating the Conceptual Component: Strengths and Weaknesses of the Civilizations Analytic

Part IV: The Application of Weber's Mode of Civilizational Analysis I: The Origins, Contours, and Trajectories of the Rationalisms of Ancient China and Ancient and Medieval India

10. The Unique Rationalism of Ancient China

11. The Unique Rationalism of Ancient and Medieval India

Part V: Applications of Weber's Mode of Civilizational Analysis II: The Origins, Contours, and Trajectory of Western Rationalism and Modern Western Rationalism

12. The Rationalism of the Ancient West: The Tracks, Monotheism, World-Oriented Salvation Paths, the City, and Ancient Roman Law

13. The Uniqueness and Rise of Modern Western Democracy and Egalitarianism

14. The Uniqueness and Rise of the Modern State: Legal Equality and Universalism

15. The Uniqueness and Rise of Modern Capitalism

16. The Uniqueness and Rise of Logical-Formal Law

17. The Uniqueness and Rise of the Modern Bureaucracy

18. The Uniqueness and Rise of the World-Oriented Ethical Individual

19. The Uniqueness and Rise of Western Rationalism and Modern Western Rationalism: An Overview

Part VI: Toward a Systematic Study of Civilizations: Themes and Methodology Revisited

20. Weber's Main Themes Revisited

21. Weber's Methodology Revisited: The Mode of Analysis

Part VII: The Interpretive Understanding of Civilizations: A Weberian Guide

22. Lessons for Today: A Weberian Guide

23. The Interpretive Understanding of the Other: Expanding the Researcher's Horizon

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Biography

Stephen Kalberg is Professor of Sociology Emeritus at Boston University and Local Affiliate of the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, USA. He is the author of Max Weber's Comparative-Historical Sociology; The Social Thought of Max Weber; Searching for the Spirit of American Democracy: Max Weber’s Analysis of a Unique Political Culture; and Max Weber's Comparative-Historical Sociology Today. He is also the editor of Max Weber: Readings and Commentary on Modernity, and the translator of Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.