Max Weber's Complete Writings on Academic and Political Vocations

Max Weber's Complete Writings on Academic and Political Vocations

Max Weber's Complete Writings on Academic and Political Vocations

Max Weber's Complete Writings on Academic and Political Vocations


This is the first edition in any language of all of Max Weber's writings on academic and political vocations. The translation is new and liberally annotated, including a look at Weber's personality and what it was that made him such a phenomenon. Max Weber made many significant interpretations of both academic and political vocations in his two lectures on Science as a Vocation (Wissenschaft als Beruf, 1917) and Politics as a Vocation (Politik als Beruf) 1919), as well as in a series of newspaper articles including those written between 1908 and 1920. Since these writings are of more than historical interest, there was a need to bring them all together in a single volume. Newly translated and annotated, this collection comprises both lectures plus 32 articles which Weber wrote on academia. Most of these have not been translated before. In the Introduction, Prof. John Dreijmanis relates the academic and political vocations to each other conceptually, showing that there is considerable overlap and some convergence: the need for passion, an inward calling, as well as career insecurity both vocations. Dreijmanis then examines the person of Weber and provides a new view of him, in part through the lens of Carl C. Jung's theory of psychological types as further developed by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). As an extravert with a powerful thinking function and intellect, he was driven to take an interest in events outside himself and to speak his mind. Coming after a long line of introverted German philosophers, he was a phenomenon. The new translations, by Gordon C. Wells, are more faithful to Weber's style of expression, and they correct an accumulation of errors of previous translations in the oft-translated essays on Politics and Science. Contains Glossary, Bibliography, Names Index, Subject Index


Karl Emil Maximilian Weber (1864–1920) was one of the founders of sociology as an academic discipline, living at a time when disciplinary boundaries were far less rigid than today, when it was still possible to master enormous historical, economic, legal, sociological, and political knowledge, and make contributions to a number of disciplines. Although the literature on him is vast, there remain certain unexplored aspects. These are discussed and related to his academic and political vocations.

WEBER’S personality type

Carl G. Jung’s (1875-1961) theory of psychological types, as further developed by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), is used to provide an understanding of Weber’s personality type. This typological system differentiates sixteen personality types by identifying a person’s normal preferred mode of psychological operation analyzed against four basic parameters, each parameter represented by a pair of opposite characteristics. From one’s attitude to the outer and inner worlds arise two basic orientations to life — extraversion (E) or introversion (I). There are two contrasting functional ways of perceiving — through sensation (S) or intuition (N), and two functional ways of judging — through

1 Allan Sica, Max Weber: a Comprehensive Bibliography (New Brunswick, nj and London: Transaction Publishers, 2004).

2 Carl G. Jung, “Psychological Types” [1921]. in Collected Works of C.G. Jung, revision by R.F.C. Hull of translation by H.G. Baynes (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1976), Vol.6.

3 Isabel B. Myers and Peter B. Myers, Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type (Palo Alto, CA: Davies-Black Publishing, 1995), p.7.

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