Preface vii
Abbreviations ix

Part One
Max Weber’s Science of Man

I Max Weber’s Science of Man 3
1 Is there a Weberian Anthropology? 10
2 Weber and the Contemporary Sciences of Man 19
i Anthropology 20
ii Psychology 29
iii Characterology 38
3 Weber’s Epistemological Objective: The Empirical Registration of Human ‘Conviction’ 40
4 The Spiritualist Foundation of Max Weber’s ‘Interpretative Sociology’. Ernst Troeltsch, Max Weber and William James’ Varieties of Religious Experience 46
5 The Sociology of Educational Means and Ends 65
6 Charisma and ‘Inner’ Transformation 76

Part Two
The Value Relation and the Power of Judgement

II Max Weber as Teacher 85
1 The Educational Intention 86
2 The Systematic Perspective of the Work 90
3 The Disciplinary Context 92
4 The Meaning of ‘Value Freedom’ for the Communication of Practical Insights 96
5 Max Weber’s Failure 101
III The Pitiless ‘Sobriety of Judgement’: Max Weber between Carl Menger and Gustav von Schmoller. The Academic Politics of Value Freedom 105
1 Between History and ‘Theory’ – Also a Generational Conflict 109
2 The Pedagogic Background to the ‘Postulate’ 117
3 On Stage at the Conferences of Higher Education Teachers 122
4 Academic Scholars or ‘Business Professors’ 134
IV The Meaning of Value Freedom – Impulse and Motive for Max Weber’s ‘Postulate’ 139
1 The Origin of the Debate 140
2 Weber’s Motives 149

Part Three:
The ‘Cultural Problems of Capitalism’

V Outlines for an ‘Intellectual Biography’ of Max Weber 159
1 Talent, Diligence and Curiosity 165
2 The Formation of Sensibility 168
3 Early Reading 174
4 Friedrich Albert Lange 178
5 The Machinery of Modern Capitalism 184
6 A New Beginning and the Fixing of Central Interests 188
7 The ‘Cultural Problems of Capitalism’ and the ‘Major Projects’ 197

Translator’s Appendix 205
Index 217

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.