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The Vocation Lectures: Science As a Vocation, Politics As a Vocation

by Max Weber

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Although the editor describes these lectures as some of the most philosophical of Weber's works, my opinion is that they're not philosophical enough to be of interest today. He discusses the work of scientists and politicians from a broad perspective, but most of his discussion is still tied to specific questions in German academic and political life 100 years ago. I see little reason why you should read this book unless you have a specific interest in this period or in Weber's lifework. Modern texts in politics and science studies are likely to teach you much more about the nature of these vocations today.
  thcson | May 25, 2012 |
Weber delivering what we might call an overview of both the social sciences and politics to an audience hungry for guidance.
  Fledgist | Feb 12, 2006 |
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Originally published separately, WeberÂ’s "Science as a Vocation" and "Politics as a Vocation" stand as the classic formulations of his positions on two related subjects that go to the heart of his thought: the nature and status of science and its claims to authority; and the nature and status of political claims and the ultimate justification for such claims. Together in this volume, these newly translated lectures offer an ideal point of entry into WeberÂ’s central project: understanding how, as Weber put it, "in the West alone there have appeared cultural manifestations [that seem to] go in the direction of universal significance and validity."

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