An Intellectual Biography
This searching work offers the first comprehensive introduction to Weber's thought for students and newcomers. Fritz Ringer locates Weber in his historical context, relating his ideas to the controversies and politics of his day. Ringer also considers the importance of Weber to contemporary life, discussing his insights into the limits of scholarly research and the future of Western capitalist societies. Weber, Ringer reminds us, believed in democracy, liberalism, and fundamental human rights; his ethic of responsibility remains as vital to our historical moment as it was to his own.
A concise and incisive look at the man and personality behind the thought, Max Weber is a masterful outing in intellectual biography and social theory.
"There is an honoured place waiting for this book in the continually growing secondary literature on Max Weber. The book is substantial, covering as it does the whole of Weber's life and work. . . . Ringer does something very straightforward using skills as a historian acquired over a lifetime; he presents Weber's works as faithfully as possible. . . . The book is noteworthy for its crystal-like clarity and the self-discipline that Ringer has practised. . . . This book deserves rich praise."
1. A Man in His Time
2. Weber's Politics
3. Weber's Methodology
4. The Protestant Ethic
5. Weber's Comparative Sociology of Religion
6. From History to Sociology
7. The City, Capitalism, Socialism, and Bureaucracy
8. Education, Knowledge, and Vocation
Conclusion: A Man for Our Time