Max Weber's Science of Man
In this work, the author continues his argument against received wisdom in the understanding of Max Weber. He seeks to rescue the work of this important thinker from sociologists and systems-theorists, demonstrating an essential continuity throughout Weber's work in his concern with the pervasive force of economic calculation and material rationality in the shaping of "man". Ranging widely over the work of Weber's contemporaries, and making use of Weber's unpublished papers and correspondence, the author provides an elegant account of the motive of Weber's scholarship. He demonstrates how a better understanding of Weber in his own context can present us with a figure who can still teach us, as he sought to teach his own contemporaries.
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"Hennis wanders the far-flung shores of Weber's oeuvre and brings back nuggets of textual gold with which to dazzle the reader. His method, he says, is not a reconstruction rather it's a true appreciation of the full range of the work and a matter of judgement, of correctly divining the centre of gravity of Weber's work. Hennis expresses a real fear that Weber along with the western canon will slowly slip away beyond the horizon of contemporary understanding. Weber the prophet, ignored politically in his own day, now stands unregarded by social science. Whatever one thinks of this threnody, Hennis should take some comfort that the memory of the authentic Weber has been given a further lease through these essays. Sam Whimster, reviewing the original German edition"