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Max Weber's Politics of Civil Society


  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036566

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  • This book is an in-depth interpretation of Max Weber as a political theorist of civil society. On the one hand, it reads Weber's ideas from the perspective of modern political thought, rather than the modern social sciences; on the other, it offers a liberal assessment of this complex political thinker without attempting to apologize for his shortcomings. Through an alternative reading of Weber's religious, epistemological and political writings, the book shows Weber's concern with public citizenship in a modern mass democracy and civil society as its cultivating ground. Kim argues Weber's political thought, thus recast, was deeply informed by Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche and other German political thinkers and also reveals an affinity to the liberal-republican tradition best represented by Mill and Tocqueville. Kim has effectively resuscitated Weber as a political thinker for our time in which civic virtues and civil society have once again become one of the dominant issues.

    • Highlights relevance of Weber's political thought for modern times
    • An interesting perspective of modern political thought
    • Reconstructs Weber's works along an alternative thematic axis
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521036566
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.349kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Of 'Sect Man': The Modern Self and Civil Society in Max Weber:
    1. Agency, citizenship and civil society
    2. Reading Weber: between politics and science
    3. In search of the Protestant ethic thesis
    4. Outline of the argument
    Part II. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Individualism:
    5. Introduction: 'the last of our heroisms'
    6. 'A rationalization toward an irrational conduct of life'
    7. Calling: sanctification and regimentation of everyday life
    8. Predestination: objectification of the world and disempowerment of the self
    9. Empowering the individual agency: self-mastery and discipline
    10. Conclusion: value, rationality and freedom
    Part III. The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Civil Society:
    11. Introduction: sociability of the Puritan Berufsmensch
    12. Gemeinschaft, Gesellschaft and Amerikanismus
    13. Modes of sociability: America versus Europe
    14. Sect contra church: particularism and voluntarism
    15. Secularization of charisma: from sect to status group and bureaucracy
    16. Conclusion: The public and the private
    Part IV. Politics, Science, Ethics:
    17. Introduction: Götterdämmerung
    18. Disenchantment and reenchantment
    19. Conviction, responsibility and decision
    20. Practice of the self I: realpolitik
    21. Practice of the self II: ideal type
    22. Conclusion: modernity, conscience and duty
    Part V. Liberalism, Nationalism and Civil Society:
    23. Introduction: liberalism and nationalism
    24. National identities, nation-states and the political
    25. Nationalism, citizenship and personality
    26. Politics of the classes: refeudalization and embourgeoisement
    27. Politics of checks and balances: corporatism and parliamentarianism
    28. Conclusion: 'the school of men'
    Part VI. Max Weber's Politics of Civil Society:
    29. Statecraft and soulcraft in Max Weber
    30. Purpose, contestation and the political
    31. Bowling alone

  • Author

    Sung Ho Kim, Yonsei University, Seoul

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