Max Weber: A Biography by Joachim Radkau

By Joachim Radkau

Max Weber (1864-1920) is famous through the global because the most vital vintage philosopher within the social sciences – there's easily not anyone within the historical past of the social sciences who has been extra influential. The affinity among capitalism and protestantism, the non secular origins of the Western international, the strength of air of secrecy in faith in addition to in politics, the all-embracing means of clarification and the bureaucratic cost of growth, the function of legitimacy and of violence as offsprings of management, the ‘disenchantment’ of the fashionable global including the unending energy of faith, the adverse relation among intellectualism and eroticism: these kinds of are key options which attest to the long-lasting fascination of Weber’s considering.

The large impression exerted through Max Weber used to be due not just to the facility of his rules but in addition to the truth that at the back of his theories one perceived a guy with a marked personality and a sad future. although, for almost eighty years, our knowing of the lifetime of Max Weber used to be ruled through the biography released in 1926 by way of his widow, Marianne Weber. the shortcoming of a very good Weber biography used to be one of many strangest and so much evident gaps within the literature of the social sciences. for varied purposes the duty used to be tricky; repeatedly, makes an attempt to jot down a brand new biography of Max Weber led to failure.

while Joachim Radkau’s biography seemed in Germany in 2005 it prompted a sensation. in accordance with an abundance of formerly unknown assets and richly embedded within the German historical past of the time, this is often the 1st absolutely complete biography of Max Weber ever to seem. Radkau brings out, in a fashion that nobody has ever performed earlier than, the intimate interrelations among Weber’s inspiration and his lifestyles adventure. He offers targeted revelations in regards to the nice enigmas of Weber’s existence: his affliction and erotic stories, his fears and his wants, his artistic strength and his tools of labor in addition to his non secular event and his relation to nature and to demise. by way of knowing the nice drama of his existence, we find a brand new Max Weber, before unknown in lots of respects, and, whilst, we achieve a brand new appreciation of his work.

Joachim Radkau, born in 1943, is Professor of contemporary heritage on the Bielefeld college, Germany. His curiosity in Max Weber dates again approximately 40 years whilst he labored including the German-American historian George W. F. Hallgarten (Washington), a refugee who left Germany in 1933 and who, as a pupil, listened to Weber’s final lecture in summer season 1920. Radkau’s major works comprise Die deutsche Emigration in den united states (1971); Deutsche Industrie und Politik (together with G. W. F. Hallgarten, 1974), Aufstieg und Krise der deutschen Atomwirtschaft (1983), Technik in Deutschland (1989), Das Zeitalter der Nervosität (1998), Natur und Macht: Eine Weltgeschichte der Umwelt (2000).

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