Essay about Max Weber 's Influence On Sociological Research

859 Words Dec 12th, 2016 4 Pages
“Certainly, all historical experience confirms the truth - that man would not have attained the possible unless time and again he had reached out for the impossible” (Quotes, 2016). Although today, Max Weber is considered predominately to be a sociologist, his “scholarship ranged across jurisprudence, political science, economics, sociology, comparative religion, the philosophy of history, and the histories of several nations and half a dozen civilizations, both ancient and modern” (Coser, 1970). An intellect in my areas, Weber is considered one of the most influential thinkers in the field of sociology, with his works remaining prevalent to this date. Weber’s focus throughout his sociological research was to establish clarity regarding individual’s situations and the choices they make, or in Weber’s words “to give himself an account of the ultimate meaning of his own conduct” (Weber, 1946). “Weber’s profound influence on sociological theory stems from his demand for objectivity in scholarship and from his analysis of the motives behind human action” (Mitzman, 2007). The following paper will delve in Weber’s contributions to the field of sociology. Beginning with a biographical account of Weber’s life, this paper will discuss the main themes and concepts of Weber’s works and his importance and influences on other sociological thinkers.
Max Weber was born in Erfurt, Prussia on April 21, 1864 to a affluent family. “His father, Max, pursued a dual career, as head…

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