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Max Weber
*the protestant work ethic*
March-21-12
11:30 AM
Focused on key issues
Went crazy at the age of 30
Read a ton of German literature
We are living in a tragic condition
Part of being a human being is recognizing
Major Fact of western history
* Rationalization
o It was it limiting our freedom
o It also frees us from religious superstition
o It is forcing us to be rational
o *A historical drive towards the world where one can master all
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things by calculation*
o Involved things like increasing knowledge
o Growing impersonality
o Enhanced capabilities of controlling people
o Historically people didn’t live in a rationalized ideal
o Durk = structure. Weber = historical sociology
o Rationalization would not be possible if there weren't changes in
peoples culture
* Tragic process
o Thought that he saw that you had to adapt to accept if you n
wanted to be happy
o The reason he worked so hard was to see how much he could
bear (bearing it was the only way to survive)
o Unhappy with some elements with Marx's ideas
o Weber doesn’t accept Marx's idea of class as the root of injustice
o Known as the theorist of power (domination, power)
o Weber linked his thinking about power to his thinking of
rationalization
o Key thinker behind a bureaucrat
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