Edoardo Massimilla
University of Naples Federico II
Il caso e la possibilità: Max Weber tra von Kries e Rickert - In the second part of the Kritische Studien auf dem Gebiet der kulturwissenschaftlichen Logik , Max Weber outlines his theory of the causal explanation in the field of the historical-social sciences, by incorporating the concepts of «objective possibility», «adeguate causation» and «accidental causation» as they were proposed by Johannes von Kries in his essay Über den Begriff der objektiven Möglichkeit und einige Anwendungen desselben . A suggestion resulting from the novel by Philip Roth The Plot Against America is welcomed by the author as an opportunity to discuss again these important pages by Weber, showing that Weber’s acceptance of von Kries’ theories takes place not only through the mediation of their discussion and application in the field of criminal law, but also primarily through the mediation of the concept of «historical-causal connection» as it is defined in Heinrich Rickert’s Grenzen der naturwissenschaftlichen Begriffsbildung
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DOI 10.3280/SF2009-003003
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