Socioligist Max Weber

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Perry 1 Max Weber The German social scientist Max Weber was a founder of modern sociological thought. His historical and comparative studies of the great civilizations are a landmark in the history of sociology. The work of Max Weber reflects a continued interest in charting the varying paths taken by universal cultural history as reflected in the development of the world great civilizations. In this sense, he wish to attempt a historical and analytical study of the themes sounded so strongly in G.W.F. Hegel’s philosophy of history, especially the theme, which Weber took as his own. Along with this emphasis on universal cultural history, Weber’s detailed training as a legal and economic base and corresponding cultural superstructure that were so often used to account for cultural development and were a strong part of the intellectual environment of Weber’s early years as a student and professor. His historical and comparative awareness required that he go beyond both the Hegelian and Marxian versions of historical development toward a deep historical and comparative study of sociocultural processes in West and East.

Weber was born on April 21, 1864, the son of a lawyer active in political life. Weber read widely in the classics and was bored with the unchallenging secondary education of his time, which he studied law, along with history, economics, and philosophy. Weber also served time in the military which he felt was incredible waste of Perry 2 Max Weber time. He resume his studies at the universities of Berlin and Gottingen in 1884, he passed his bar examination in 1886 and would practiced lax for a time. He completed his doctoral thesis in 1889 with an essay on the history of the medieval trading companies, which embodied his interests in both legal and economic history. In 1893, Max Weber married...