Weber and the Critique of Socialist Reason

Massimo Cacciari

in The Unpolitical

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230037
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235834 | DOI:
Weber and the Critique of Socialist Reason

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This chapter mainly talks about how socialism is possible, because the question of the origins of socialism differs from the reasons why it can actually exist as a theoretical and practical direction of the European workers' movement. In the theory and practice of socialism, Weber finds an objective tendency to eliminate the political project, innovative transforming capacity, decision-making power, and the domination of the total bureaucracy. For that reason socialism is dominated by the radical contradiction. Justifying or rationalising these tendencies of socialism opens them up to a number of contradictions which consist, for Weber, in denunciating the disordered character of capitalist production. This critique of socialist ideology becomes the political assessment of socialism only through the adventurous critique of the democratic state form itself. This critique and analysis captures a very wide phenomenological horizon but has no answer for the fundamental problem of the conditions of existence of socialism as a real political movement.

Keywords: socialism; theoretical; bureaucracy; capitalist; critique; socialist

Chapter.  7226 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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