19th/20th century German sociologist


Max Weber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Maximilian Weber (April 21, 1864 - June 14, 1920) was a German political economist and sociologist who is considered one of the founders of the modern study of sociology and public administration. His major works deal with rationalisation in sociology of religion and government, but he also wrote much in the field of economics. His most popular work is his essay The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, which began his work in the sociology of religion. ..."


21 Apr 1864, in Erfurt, Germany


14 Jun 1920, in Munich, Germany


Bourgeois Virtues?, by Deirdre McCloskey, Cato Policy Report, May 2006
Offers an apologia (formal defense) of capitalism, in particular of the phrase "bourgeois virtues" as being neither a contradiction in terms nor a lie
"Mueller argues for one direction of causation: 'Virtue is, on balance and all other things being equal, essentially smart business under capitalism: nice guys, in fact, tend to finish first.' Max Weber had a century earlier written to the same effect: 'Along with clarity of vision and ability to act, it is only by virtue [note the word] of very definite and highly developed ethical qualities that it has been possible for [an entrepreneur of this new type] to command the indispensable confidence of his customers and workmen.'"
UpdKnight, Frank H. (1885-1972), by Richard Boyd, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
Biographical essay
"In attempting to remedy what he saw as the reductionism of neoclassical economics, Knight turned to the writings of German institutional thinkers, particularly Max Weber. Knight's translation of Weber's General Economic History (1927) was the first of Weber's major works to appear in English. ... Knight also was a major influence on the sociologist Edward Shils, who attended Knight's lectures on Max Weber while at Chicago."
Related Topics: Frank Knight, Ethics, Liberty
The Authority of a Foreign Talisman: A Study of U.S. Constitutional Practice as Authority in Nineteenth Century Argentina and the Argentine Elite's Leap of Faith, by Jonathan M. Miller, American University Law Review, Jun 1997
Examines the history of Argentine law prior to adoption of the 1853 Constitution, the arguments in Alberdi's Bases and the influence of the U.S. Constitution during the remainder of the 19th century and up to 1930
"A century later, Max Weber's sociology of law offers the first attempt to systematize different types of authority. Although Weber analyzes law primarily in the context of what he calls 'rational' grounds of legitimate domination, meaning government that rests 'on a belief in the legality of enacted rules and the right of those elevated to authority under such rules to issue commands,' he also describes two other types of legitimate domination-'traditional' domination and 'charismatic' domination."