Foreword vii
Translator’s Preface to the Second Edition ix
Abbreviations x

Part I ‘Central Question’ and Theme

1 Max Weber’s ‘Central Question’ 3
1 Max Weber’s ‘Central Question’: The ‘Development of Menschentum’ 7
2 The ‘Anthropological–Characterological’ Principle and the Limits of Empirical Verification 32
2 Max Weber’s Theme: ‘Personality and Life Orders’ 53
1 In Search of the ‘Theme’ 56
2 ‘Personality and Life Orders’ 61
3 Max Weber’s ‘Intellectual Foundation’: Rural labour organisation in East Elbia 65
4 The ‘Viewpoint – Reason of State’ 73
5 The ‘Universal Viewpoint’ in the so-called ‘Special Sociologies’ 79
6 Person and Cause 86
7 Prospect 98

Part II The Biography of the Work

3 ‘A Science of Man’. Max Weber and the Political Economy of the German Historical School 105
1 From Jurisprudence to Political Economy 108
2 Economics as Political Science and as a Science of Man 113
i Economics as a ‘Political Science’ 117
ii Economics as a ‘Science of Man’ 125
iii Karl Knies’ action-oriented political economy 130
iv A reading guide to Karl Knies’ Politische Oekonomie 132
3 On Weber’s New ‘Methodological’ Beginning 141
4 The Traces of Nietzsche in the Work of Max Weber 149

Part III The Unity of the Work

5 Voluntarism and Judgement. Max Weber’s Political Views in the Context of his Work 173
1 Max Weber’s ‘Liberalism’ 174
i Liberalism as ‘Abolition’ 177
ii The Liberal Belief in ‘Time’ 180
iii ‘Progress’ 182
iv ‘Happiness’ 185
v Weber’s ‘Individualism’ 187
vi Security 189
vii The Liberal Achievements 191
viii The Illusory Liberal Peace 192
ix The Last Chance of Freedom 194
2 Max Weber’s ‘Liberalism’ and his ‘Logic of Judgement’ 197
3 Max Weber’s Position in the History of ‘Bourgeois’ Political Thought 205

Appendix: Political Science as a Vocation. A Personal Account 211
Index 237

The Author: Born in 1923, Wilhelm Hennis served in the German navy during the war, after which he studied law at Göttingen. During 1951 and 1952 he was parliamentary assistant to Adolf Arndt, legal adviser to the SPD, and research assistant to Carlo Schmid at Frankfurt University from 1953 to 1960. From 1967 until his retirement in 1988 he was Professor of Political Science at the University of Freiburg.