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Das Rätsel der Persönlichkeit—Max Weber’s Kulturkritik

Duncan Kelly

in The State of the Political

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262870
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734892 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197262870.003.0002

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Das Rätsel der Persönlichkeit—Max Weber’s Kulturkritik

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In discussing the notion of ‘personality’ in the work of Max Weber, this chapter suggests that he developed a language of the worthwhile modern personality influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche. It argues that Weber's ‘central question’ was indeed a political one, concerned with the tense relationship between the life-conduct of the modern personality and the particular ‘orders of life’ into which individuals are placed. As an account of the nature of modernity, this is of special importance when linked to Weber's discussion of the specific requirements of the political personality capable of providing leadership in the modern state. The chapter reconstructs a guiding political theme within Weber's oeuvre, and focuses less on the state and a state ‘tradition’ than the other discussions in the book.

Keywords: Max Weber; Friedrich Nietzsche; orders of life; modern personality; modernity

Chapter.  23606 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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