Main Currents in Sociological Thought: Durkheim, Pareto, Weber - Vol. 2

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VI
Political Sociology

I SHALL NOW discuss briefly the chapter of Economy and Society devoted to political sociology. As a matter of fact, Weber discusses political sociology twice in this posthumous work, once in the first volume when he is expounding his typology of forms of domination, and again in the second volume when he is elaborating the differentiation of political regimes observed throughout history, a differentiation which the typology set forth in the first volume helps to explain.

I have chosen these chapters of political sociology for three reasons. It is easier to reveal the broad lines of Weber's political sociology than to summarize his economic sociology. My account will be skeletal and thin compared with the richness of Weber's text, but it should not be a complete betrayal of Weber's thought, whereas a résumé of his economic sociology would have to be much lengthier.

The second reason for my choice is that Weber's political sociology is directly inspired by his interpretation of the contemporary situation of imperial Germany and Western Europe. Weber's political sociology will help us to perceive his major intention, which was to understand our time in the light of universal history or, what amounts to the same thing, to make universal history intelligible in that it culminates

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Preface v
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction i
  • ÉMile Durkheim *
  • I - De la Division Du Travail Social 11
  • II - Le Suicide 24
  • III - Les Formes éLéMentaires de la Vie Religieuse (1) 35
  • IV - Les Formes éLéMentaires de la Vie Religieuse (2) 47
  • V - Las RèGles de la MéThode Sociologique 59
  • VI - Socialism 70
  • VII - Philosophy and Morality 82
  • Vilfredo Pareto *
  • I - Logical and Nonlogical Actions 101
  • II - Residues 116
  • III - Residues and Derivations 128
  • IV - From Analysis to Synthesis 138
  • V - Elites and Cycles of Mutual Dependence 148
  • VI - The Significance of Pareto's Work 160
  • VII - Final Remarks on Pareto 169
  • Max Weber *
  • I - The Conception of Science 179
  • II - Science and Action 188
  • III - Historical Causality and Sociological Causality: the Ideal Types 197
  • IV - Philosophy of Values and Sociology of Religion 205
  • V - The Sociology of Religion: Economy and Society 220
  • VI - Political Sociology 233
  • Conclusion 253
  • Bibliographies 265
  • Index 269
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