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Irving Zeitlin

1) In his Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Weber sought to show that capitalism as an economic system was a creation of the Reformation. 2) Webers great contribution to the methodology of the social sciences was to show that science can provide guidance in the selection of morally worthy ends. 3) Weber claimed that, in order to study any social phenomenon, the social scientist should try to approach it without any presuppositions. 4) The notion of ideal type was adopted by Weber from the natural sciences and introduced as a conceptual tool in the social sciences 5) For Weber, objectivity does not mean achieving a condition of being literally value-free. 6) Zeitlin observes that Webers notion of an intersubjective world of meaning suggests that the relations among humans have no objective consequences for them. 7) Webers concern with the actors subjective meanings is based on the assumption that actors are always conscious of their intentions and purposes. 8) According to Weber, goal-rational action is characterized by the fact that the end chose
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