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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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Anastasia Deligiaouri and Jane Suiter

M. 1987 ( 1919 ). Politics as a Vocation . Greek edition [Η Πολιτική ως Επάγγɛλμα]. Trans. M. G. Kypraiou , Athens : Papazisis Publications .

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A Dignified Meal

Negotiated Spaces in India’s School Meal Program

Sony Pellissery, Sattwick Dey Biswas, and Biju Abraham

Welfare . New York : Pantheon . 10.1111/j.1467-9515.1968.tb00093.x Waldron , J. 2012 . “Dignity, Rights, and Responsibilities .” Arizona State Law Journal 43 : 1107 . Weber , M. 1958 . “Politics as a Vocation.” In Max Weber: Essays in

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From Yehuda Etzion to Yehuda Glick

From Redemptive Revolution to Human Rights on the Temple Mount

Shlomo Fischer

: The Gush Emunim Underground . Washington, DC : Wilson Center, Smithsonian Institute . Weber , Max . 1958 . “Politics as a Vocation.” In From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology , ed. H. H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills , 77 – 128 . Oxford: Oxford

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Pınar Melis Yelsalı Parmaksız

state in which the ruler holds and uses the power personally. According to this, the ruler is supported by his household or plebeians (subjects) without sharing his power with them. Max Weber, “Politics as a Vocation,” in From Max Weber: Essays in