Weber 's Argument On Politics As A Vocation Essay

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I agree with Weber’s argument as argued in his essay “Politics as a Vocation.” He surmised that conventional morality does not have a place in the political arena. Rather, different codes of ethics are more appropriate. He differentiates these codes as “ethic of ultimate ends” or “ethic of responsibility.” Ethic of ultimate ends is acting in good intention, without considering the possible consequences. The ethic of responsibility, on the other hand, requires dealing with the results of one’s actions. To fully analyze and explain his arguments, I believe they can best be summarized in three ways: the nature of the state, the nature of political morality, and the nature of the politician. In relation to the world of politics, Weber states, “The world is governed by demons and he who lefts himself in for politics, that is for power and force as means, contracts with diabolical powers.” The use of demon is in reference to early Christians and suggests that those who govern are at odds with their theology. He then goes on to claim that, “for his action it is not true that good can follow only good and evil from evil, but that often the opposite is true.” It follows that politics does not exist in an area defined by traditional religious doctrine, or rather conventionality. Conventional morality would follow that good deeds provoke good results and that evil consequences follow evil actions. However, Weber considers this against what he calls the irrationality of the world, the…

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