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Weber’s Limits: Value and Meaning, Rationality and Individualism

Author(s): Johannes Weiss
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Social Theory
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: value; meaning; rationality; individualism

Summary/Abstract: On his way to what finally became his Verstehende Soziologie, Max Weber did a whole lot of delimitation work. It referred, first, to the limits of strictly empirical social science as opposed to normative or metaphysical endeavours, and secondly to methodological differentiations (history/culture vs. nature, or idiographic vs. nomothetic), methodical procedures (individualism as empirical method or valuation, interpretative understanding and/or causal explanation), and methodological or analytical concepts (value vs. meaning, ideal type vs. generic concepts, action vs. behaviour). Not always, though, Weber´s limitations – as to one side of the differentiation, or even both – turn out to be sufficiently clear or complete. Some examples for that are given and discussed.

  • Issue Year: 47/2015
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 8-24
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian