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Skepticism and Faith: Max Weber's Anti-Utopianism in the Eyes of his Contemporaries

Skepticism and Faith: Max Weber's Anti-Utopianism in the Eyes of his Contemporaries Abstract: This article elucidates an important reason for Max Weber's popularity among German intellectuals during the Weimar Republic: for different interpreters, Weber's anti-utopianism came to signify radically different attitudes towards the modern world. My aim is to construct an original typology of these interpretations and, in the process, to explain why Weber was able to make such divergent impressions. His reception provides a case study for understanding how a philosopher's impact is determined not just by the interpretation of published texts, but also by the tension that exists between these texts and the author's personality. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the History of Ideas University of Pennsylvania Press

Skepticism and Faith: Max Weber's Anti-Utopianism in the Eyes of his Contemporaries

Journal of the History of Ideas , Volume 71 (3) – Jul 21, 2010

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Abstract: This article elucidates an important reason for Max Weber's popularity among German intellectuals during the Weimar Republic: for different interpreters, Weber's anti-utopianism came to signify radically different attitudes towards the modern world. My aim is to construct an original typology of these interpretations and, in the process, to explain why Weber was able to make such divergent impressions. His reception provides a case study for understanding how a philosopher's impact is determined not just by the interpretation of published texts, but also by the tension that exists between these texts and the author's personality.

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Journal of the History of IdeasUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Jul 21, 2010

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