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Arpad Szakolczai
Max Weber, Our Contemporary: 1864-2014
The Distinctiveness of the West: Max Weber from Modernity to Antiquity
Catholic University, Milan
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Having finished his essay in the Protestant Ethic in the context of a series of ‘methodological’ essays and various plans for empirical research, Weber was expected to return to analysing the contemporary world. His interest and passion for reality and the concrete present was palpable. Yet, from 1910 onwards, the central focus of his research was a comparative study on the ‘economic ethic’ of the world religions, which took him deeply back into antiquity. The paper addresses the problem why Weber ‘wasted’ his energies on a project so much remote from modern society, purportedly the sole target of sociology.
Catholic University, Milan