Max Weber


Max Weber was born on April 21 1864 in Prussian Saxony. He was a German sociologist and political economist. His major works dealt with the right of capitalism and modernity. He can usually be found cited with Karl Marx as one of the principal architects of modern social society.

Weber's most famous thesis is The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. He argued that ascetic Protestantism was one major elective affinities in determining the rise of capitalism, bureaucracy and the rational legal nation state. Many argue that this work should not be viewed as a detailed study of Protestantism but as an introduction to his later works.

In 1909 Weber took over editing a multi volume encyclopedia on the social sciences entitled Outline of Social Economics. In his attempts to expand his contributions to the encyclopedia would occupy a large portion of his time and energy during the remainder of his life. His first contributions were published, by himself, between 1911 and 1913.

In 1918, Weber delivered two addresses, Science as a Vocation and Politics as a Vocation. In these addresses he voiced many ethical themes that had occupied his scholarly work and in his numerous discussions of social policy.