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From Politik als Beruf to Politics as a Vocation

The Translation, Transformation, and Reception of Max Weber's Lecture

Jens Borchert

Max Weber's 1919 lecture Politik als Beruf is still considered a classical text in the social sciences. The reception of the text in the Anglo-Saxon world has been profoundly shaped by the translation provided by Hans H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills, first appearing in 1946. Their Politics as a Vocation is more than a vivid transposition of Weber's rather peculiar German rhetoric—it is rendered in a way that suggests a certain interpretation and makes others highly improbable. The present article traces the reception of Weber's text back to certain decisions made by the translators after World War II. It argues that the translation emphasized philosophical and ethical parts of the text at the expense of others that were more geared toward a political sociology of modern politics. Moreover, the adoption of Weber's approach in empirical research was hindered if not foreclosed by a distorted presentation of his key typologies and some central concepts.

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Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft

The Reception of a Conceptual Dichotomy

Niall Bond

Ferdinand Tönnies's oeuvre Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft, published in 1887, has been seminal for the social and human sciences in general, and is no less interesting for intellectual historians and theoreticians of concept formation in particular. Tönnies subscribed to the belief that terms could be rendered less ambiguous, defining the words Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft more narrowly than their contemporary usage. In so doing, he sought to reconcile a heterogeneous agenda initially consisting in offering a diagnosis of vast historical developments and later consisting in providing heuristic tools to analyze individual relationships. This article examines the origins of the concepts and their politicized transformation prior to and subsequent to the publication of his work. As such, it takes on the transformation of Gemeinschaft during the romantic era and its revival by Germany's nationalist right wing and contrasts it with its appropriation by left-leaning communitarian movements in the English-speaking world. The polysemy of the terms in the German language accounts for their semantic evolution, for amalgamations of meanings within Tönnies's conceptual system, and for conundrums in translating the work into English or French. Although the terms were erroneously supposed to have been immediately applicable as ideal types, their adaptation, inter alia by Max Weber or by Talcott Parsons in the form of pattern variables, has been important in the reception of Tönnies's work in the social sciences.

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The Limits of Liberal Democracy

Prospects for Democratizing Democracy

Viviana Asara

. 1970 . Participation and Democratic Theory . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . 10.1017/CBO9780511720444 Pellizzoni , Luigi . 2018 . “ Responsibility and Ultimate Ends in the Age of the Unforeseeable: On the Current Relevance of Max Weber

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Timo Pankakoski and Antto Vihma

fragmentation have emerged to describe modernity. Max Weber perceived modernity in terms of rationalization, disenchantment, and secularization and juxtaposed traditional authority with the modern “polytheism” of values. 81 Many of his categories found their

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Anton Jansson, Kai Vogelsang, and Nele Kuhlmann

being subjected, and on the other hand, Max Weber’s, Hans Jonas’s, and R. Jay Wallace’s concepts that discuss the fact of subjecting. Vogelmann brings forward the argument that in spite of the stress on one side all approaches also refer to the other

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Niklas Olsen, Irene Herrmann, Håvard Brede Aven, and Mohinder Singh

sociologist Talcott Parsons translated Max Weber's theory of social action and with it his concept of Technik . Accordingly, Parsons used technology as a synonym for instrumental rationality. At the same time, other sociologists identified the term with

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Jean Terrier

one another” (point 1). Moreover, it is not possible to grade all values “on one scale, so that it is a mere matter of inspection to determine the highest.” In other words, in the spirit of Max Weber, Berlin argued that science cannot arbitrate between

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The Will of the People?

Carl Schmitt and Jean-Jacques Rousseau on a Key Question in Democratic Theory

Samuel Salzborn

as any society based on wage employment and the division of labor, because as Max Weber ([1919] 2004) writes, the rationalization of the modern age means that politics itself has become a business. In fact, going beyond Weber’s conception, it must

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Pivots and Levers

Political Rhetoric around Capitalism in Britain from the 1970s to the Present

Neil Foxlee

various thinkers (notably Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Werner Sombart) have said on the subject. One notable exception is Steven Marks, whose own history of global capitalism includes a chapter, based on an earlier article, in which he examines the political

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Blake Ewing

Press, 2018). 55 Kari Palonen, The Struggle with Time (Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2014). 56 Kari Palonen, The Politics of Limited Times: The Rhetoric of Temporal Judgment in Parliamentary Democracies (Baden–Baden: Nomos, 2008), 17–22. 57 Kari Palonen, “Max