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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.

An Assessment
An Assessment

Magical and religious powers, and the belief in them anchored in ethical notions of duty, have been in the past among the most important formative influences upon the way life has been organized.

(Weber, 2011, p. 246)

Large questions about the contours of the modern world and its origins drove Weber’s sociology.

  • What is the fate of ethical action, the unique individual, compassion in the society dominated by advanced capitalism, and the personality unified by a constellation of noble values?
  • What does the rise of modern capitalism imply for the “type of human being” who will live within this “new cosmos”?
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