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The iron cage : an historical interpretation of Max Weber.

Author: Arthur Mitzman
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1970 [©1969]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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This study of the father of modern sociology explores the intimate relationship between the events of Max Weber's personal history and the development of his thought. Throughout his life, Weber was racked by emotional torment and agonized by the state of the society in which he moved. His boyhood response to his authoritarian family was deeply traumatic--and led to a psychic crisis when, in his thirties, he expelled  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mitzman, Arthur, 1931-
Iron cage.
New York, Knopf, 1970 [©1969]
(OCoLC)655227257
Named Person: Max Weber; Max Weber; Max Weber; Max Weber; Max Weber; Max Weber
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Mitzman
OCLC Number: 50759
Description: xii, 328, ix pages ; 22 cm
Contents: PART I: THE LATE BOURGEOIS GENERATION (1864-1903): Weber's family background and youth (1864-1886) --
In the father's house (1886-1892) --
Assault on the Junker hegemony --
Orestes and the furies --
PART II: ESTRANGEMENT AND EROS (1903-1920): Recovery: the yoke of history --
Marx, Nietzsche, and the spirits of defiance --
Asceticism and mysticism --
Aristocracy and charisma in Weber's political thought (1911-1919) --
Weber's retreat from ascetic rationalism --
Conclusion: Weber and German history.

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This study of the father of modern sociology explores the intimate relationship between the events of Max Weber's personal history and the development of his thought. Throughout his life, Weber was racked by emotional torment and agonized by the state of the society in which he moved. His boyhood response to his authoritarian family was deeply traumatic--and led to a psychic crisis when, in his thirties, he expelled his Bismarckian father (who died soon thereafter) from his house. His reaction to the collapse of the European social order before and during World War I was no less personal and profound. Arthur Mitzman demonstrates how the internalizing of these severe experiences led to Weber's pessimistic vision of the future as an "iron cage," and to such seminal ideas as the notion of charisma and the concept of the Protestant Ethic and its connection with the spirit of capitalism. In synthesizing Weber's life and thought into a coherent whole, Mitzman has expanded and refined our understanding of this central figure.--From publisher description.

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