Max Weber and International Relations

Max Weber and International Relations

by Richard Ned Lebow (Editor)


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Max Weber explored the political, epistemological and ethical problems of modernity, and understood how closely connected they were. His efforts are imaginative, sophisticated, even inspiring, but also flawed. Weber's epistemological successes and failures highlight unresolvable tensions that are just as pronounced today and from which we have much to learn. This edited collection of essays offers novel readings of Weber's politics, approach to knowledge, rationality, counterfactuals, ideal types, power, bureaucracy, the state, history, and the non-Western world. The conclusions look at how some of his prominent successors have addressed or finessed the tensions of the epistemological between subjective values and subjective knowledge; the sociological between social rationalization and irrational myths; the personal among conflicting values; the political between the kinds of leaders democracies select and the national tasks that should be performed; and the tragic between human conscience and worldly affairs.

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ISBN-13: 9781108402965
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/31/2020
Pages: 211
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Richard Ned Lebow is a professor of international political theory in the Department of War Studies, King's College London, Bye-Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, and the James O. Freedman Presidential Professor Emeritus at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. He has authored, coauthored, or edited thirty-six books and more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. He has made contributions to international relations, political psychology, history, political theory, philosophy of science, and classics. He is a member of the British Academy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Richard Ned Lebow; 2. Max Weber and international relations Richard Ned Lebow; 3. Wissenschaftliche Warheit: Weber's search for knowledge Richard Ned Lebow; 4. Production of facts: ideal-typification and the preservation of politics Patrick Thaddeus Jackson; 5. Max Weber's power Stefano Guzzini; 6. International organizations and bureaucratic modernity Jens Steffek; 7. Decolonizing Weber: the Eurocentrism of Weber's IR and historical sociology John M. Hobson; 8. Weber's tragic legacy David Bohmer Lebow and Richard Ned Lebow.

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