Weber, Max

Karl Emil Maximilian “Max” Weber (1864–1920) was a German sociologist, philosopher, and political economist. He, along with Karl Marx and Émile Durkheim, are often cited as the founding creators of sociology. Weber came from the German upper-middle class as his father was prominent in the politics of the National Liberal Party. Weber was brought up in Berlin and studied law at the University of Berlin. He left the legal field when he accepted an appointment as professor of economics at the University of Freiburg. After a brief tenure, Weber’s health declined, which forced his resignation and kept him out of work for four years. At the end of World War I, he accepted a temporary teaching position at the University of Vienna, and in ...

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