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Birth Anniversary of Max Weber

21 Apr 2021  Wed

Max Weber was a German sociologist and political economist best known for his thesis of the “Protestant ethic”, relating Protestantism to capitalism, and for his ideas on bureaucracy. He is regarded among the most important theorists on the development of modern Western society.

Weber's most influential work was on economic sociology, political sociology, and the sociology of religion. Along with Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim, he is commonly regarded as one of the founders of modern sociology.

Weber also made a variety of other contributions in economic history, theory, and methodology. His analysis of modernity and rationalisation would significantly influence the critical theory associated with the Frankfurt School. After the First World War, he was among the founders of the liberal German Democratic Party. He also ran unsuccessfully for a seat in parliament and served as an advisor to the committee that drafted the ill-fated democratic Weimar Constitution of 1919. After contracting Spanish flu, he died of pneumonia in 1920, aged 56.

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