Sociological Theory 8 (1):58-84 (1990)
|Abstract||An analysis of the manner in which believers' "relations to the supernatural" influence and even rationalize their action is central to Weber's sociology as a whole as well as his analysis of the development of modern capitalism and to his sociology of religion. Yet Weber never systematically presents the highly differentiated analytic course followed by the "rationalization of action" in the life-sphere of religion to the "methodical rational way of life." This study reconstructs this meandering route. In doing so, it emphasizes the ways in which action, according to Weber, is altered as believers alter their mode of interacting with the supernatural. A sharp distinction between the merely cognitive and ideational influence upon action of "world views" and the influence of "salvation paths" is held to throughout. Because they place "psychological premiums" upon action, the latter are seen to be of far greater importance for the rationalization of action. Most salvation paths, however, and despite the explanations they offer for injustice, fail to introduce the enduring "religious mood" and to rationalize action radically. Those few salvation paths that do so articulate an acute tension between the world view and human suffering, yet "virtuoso religious qualifications" must also be present if the methodical rational way of life is to arise. Throughout, the analyses by Tenbruck, Schluchter, and Habermas are critiqued as incomplete and misleading|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Max Weber & Stephen Kalberg (eds.) (2005). Max Weber: Readings and Commentary on Modernity. Blackwell Pub..
Harry F. Dahms (1995). From Creative Action to the Social Rationalization of the Economy: Joseph A. Schumpeter's Social Theory. Sociological Theory 13 (1):1-13.
Keith Breen (2012). Under Weber's Shadow: Modernity, Subjectivity and Politics in Habermas, Arendt and Macintyre. Ashgate.
Milan Zafirovski (2011). Weber's Sociological Elements in Mises' Economics of Human Action. Social Epistemology 24 (2):75-98.
Jose Mauricio Domingues (2000). The City: Rationalization and Freedom in Max Weber. Philosophy and Social Criticism 26 (4):107-126.
Bradley E. Starr (1999). The Structure of Max Weber's Ethic of Responsibility. Journal of Religious Ethics 27 (3):407 - 434.
Richard A. Hilbert (1987). Bureaucracy as Belief, Rationalization as Repair: Max Weber in a Post-Functionalist Age. Sociological Theory 5 (1):70-86.
Harry F. Dahms (1997). Theory in Weberian Marxism: Patterns of Critical Social Theory in Lukacs and Habermas. Sociological Theory 15 (3):181-214.
Wolfgang Schluchter (1996). Paradoxes of Modernity: Culture and Conduct in the Theory of Max Weber. Stanford University Press.
Michael Symonds & Jason Pudsey (2006). The Forms of Brotherly Love in Max Weber's Sociology of Religion. Sociological Theory 24 (2):133 - 149.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads17 ( #71,101 of 549,087 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #63,317 of 549,087 )
How can I increase my downloads?