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Science, Values and Politics in Max Weber's Methodology

New Expanded Edition, 1st Edition

By Hans Henrik Bruun


320 pages

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First published in 1972, this book on Weber's methodological writings is today regarded as a modern classic in its field. In this new expanded edition, the author has revised and updated the original text, and translated the numerous German quotations into English. He has also added a new introduction, where he discusses major issues raised in the relevant secondary literature since 1972. The author traces the relationship between values and science in Max Weber's methodology of its central aspects: value freedom, value relation (Wertbeziehung), value analysis, the ideal type and the special problems which pertain to the sphere of politics. Weber's thought is presented and discussed on the basis of a meticulous analysis of all available, published or unpublished, original material. The book is indispensable for all serious Weber scholars and provides the general student with a clear, accessible and authoritative exposition of major aspects of Weber's methodology.


'The publication of an updated version of Bruun's Science, Values and Politics in Max Weber's Methodology is an important event not only in Weber scholarship but in the understanding of twentieth century thought. His care in explicating the many complex issues about the philosophical implications of Weber's views made this book indispensable for serious students of Weber. Weber's significance has now been recognized by a much larger audience: this excellent revision should be its guide.' Stephen Turner, University of South Florida, USA 'This extensively revised and updated version of the original work is well-referenced and includes a nine-page bibliography of secondary sources.' German Studies Review 31.01.08

Table of Contents

Contents: Series Editor's preface; Preface; Introduction; Values as a problem of scientific inquiry: value freedom; Values as a precondition of scientific inquiry: value relation; Values as an instrument of scientific inquiry: value analysis; Values as an instrument of scientific inquiry: the ideal type;The complementary relation of values and scientific inquiry: politics and science; Bibliography; Name index; Subject Index.

About the Author

Hans Henrik Bruun is an Honorary Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Series

Rethinking Classical Sociology

Rethinking Classical Sociology
This series is designed to capture, reflect and promote the major changes that are occurring in the burgeoning field of classical sociology. The series publishes monographs, texts and reference volumes that critically engage with the established figures in classical sociology as well as encouraging examination of thinkers and texts from within the ever-widening canon of classical sociology. Engagement derives from theoretical and substantive advances within sociology and involves critical dialogue between contemporary and classical positions. The series reflects new interests and concerns including feminist perspectives, linguistic and cultural turns, the history of the discipline, the biographical and cultural milieux of texts, authors and interpreters, and the interfaces between the sociological imagination and other discourses including science, anthropology, history, theology and literature. The series offers fresh readings and insights that will ensure the continued relevance of the classical sociological imagination in contemporary work and maintain the highest standards of scholarship and enquiry in this developing area of research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General