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  • Paperback: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806503041
  • ASIN: B008SMOF3K
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,479,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Weber] can be regarded as the actual creator (along with Ernst Troeltsch and Werner Sombart) of the discipline of the Sociology of Religion and remains to this day the most stimulating explorer of this area of social life. Talcott Parson's introductory essay is probably one of his best statementts on Max Weber....In brief, here is a book of permanent value for all scholarly libraries. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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0 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on March 19, 2007
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I sympathize with Max Weber, who some considered the greatest scientist of his particular time and place. Those who consider themselves part of an elite intellectual effort to understand our situation ought to have some familiarity with the ideas in BASIC CONCEPTS IN SOCIOLOGY, in which Max Weber attempts to define how science defines an ideal type for particular forms of behavior and then considers other factors which make life much more fluid than any single concept could encompass. What seems strange to me a century later, was how often he could summon up enough optimism to make statements like:

"Only the final result of the conflict provides us with a solid basis for judgment. The verification of interpretation by results, i.e., the decisiveness of the actual course of events, is, as is true of all hypotheses, indispensible. Unfortunately, such verifiable interpretations can be obtained with relative accuracy only in a very few and special cases of the kind suitable for psychological experimentation; or, aiming at a different degree of approximation, through statistically quantifiable data of mass phenomena. For the rest, there remains only the possibility of comparing a maximum number of historical processes or routine phenomena of everyday experience and of similar appearance but differing substantially regarding the motivational factor under investigation. This is the fundamental task of comparative sociology. Unfortunately, there often remains only the uncertain instrument of purely hypothetical experiments, which ignores certain elements in the chain of motivation and leads instead to the construction of a merely probable course of events that might lend itself to causal attribution." (pp. 37-38).
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