Political Theory

Max Weber on Liberty, Power, and Domination


This conference focused primarily on Weber's major work, Economy and Society, and examined his understanding of the foundations of legitimacy, the nature of social and political domination, and the dynamics of bureaucracy. We also read "Politics as a Vocation," in which Weber examines the competing ethics of responsibility and of ultimate ends as they unfold in contemporary politics.


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. Economy and Society, Volumes I & II. Edited by Guenther Roth and Claus Wittich. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978.