Liberty, Vocation, and Responsibility in the Work of Max Weber


On the centenary of Weber's two "vocation lectures" ("Science as a Vocation" [1917] and "Politics as a Vocation" [1919]), conferees used these works, along with others by Weber, to explore the important place the idea of a "calling" had in Weber's overall thought, and how this concept related to his broader work on how to be a free and responsible individual in the context of modernity.


Conference Readings

Weber, Max. The Vocation Lectures. Edited by David Owen and Tracy B. Strong. Translated by Rodney Livingstone. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2004.

Weber, Max. The Protestant Ethic and the "Spirit" of Capitalism and Other Writings. Edited by Peter Baehr and Gordon C. Wells. New York: Penguin Books, 2002.

Weber, Max. From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. Edited by H. H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills. New York City: Oxford University Press, 1946.

Weber, Max. Political Writings. Edited by Peter Lassman and Ronald Speirs. New York: Cambridge, 1994.

Weber, Max. The Essential Weber: A Reader. Edited by Sam Whimster. London: Routledge, 2003.