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Max Weber and the End of the Historicist Tradition

Frederick C. Beiser

in The German Historicist Tradition

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199691555
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731839 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691555.003.0014
Max Weber and the End of the Historicist Tradition

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The final chapter is a close examination of Weber's views on historical explanation, historical objectivity and value freedom. The first sections consider Weber's intellectual background, especially the importance of the Methodenstreit between Menger and the historical school of economics. Later sections deal with Weber's views on understanding human actions, ideal types and the limits of naturalism. The final sections examine his views on value freedom and historical objectivity.

Keywords: Max Weber; Karl Menger; value‐freedom; ideal types; Methodenstreit; cultural sciences; intuitionism

Chapter.  31062 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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