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Stephen Kalberg’s The Social Thought of Max Weber, the newest volume of the SAGE Social Thinkers series, provides a concise introduction to the work, life, and influence of Max Weber, considered to be one of three most important founders (along with Marx and Durkheim) of sociology. The book serves as an excellent introduction to the full range of Weber’s major themes, and explores in detail the extent to which they are relevant today. It is ideal for use as a self-contained volume or in conjunction with other sociological theory textbooks.


The religion of brotherliness has always clashed with the orders and values of this world, and the more consistently its demands have been carried through, the sharper the clash has been. The split has usually become wider the more the values of the world have been rationalized and sublimated in terms of their own laws. And that is what matters here.

(Weber, 1946b, p. 330)

The broad-ranging questions and concerns of Max Weber (1864–1920) still speak to us nearly 100 years after his death. Those who seek to understand the internal workings and dynamics of modern and premodern societies alike appreciate and learn even today from his concepts and theories. In all corners of the globe, social scientists and historians stand under a strong obligation to ...

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