Max Weber Studies Vol. 14 No. 2


List of Contributors


Dr Ernest Caldwell, Dr Xiangqun Chang
Dr Athena Leoussi and Dr Sam Whimster

Three Critics of Weber’s Thesis of the Uniqueness of the West: Jack Goody, Kenneth Pomeranz, and S.N. Eisenstadt. Strengths and Weaknesses
Vittorio Cotesta

Weber and the Concept of Adaptation: the Case of Confucian Ethics
Martin Albrow and Zhang Xiaoying

Max Weber’s Sociology of Civilizations: The Five Major Themes
Stephen Kalberg

Deliberate Search and Unexpected Discoveries Archival research on Max Weber’s Milieu
Guenther Roth

‘Methodological Pestilence’:
Max Weber’s Devastating Critique of Stammler

Christopher Adair-Toteff

Book Review
Jens Petersen, Max Webers Rechtssoziologie und die juristische Methodenlehre. 2nd edition
Christopher Adair-Toteff


Professor Sam Whimster (

Associate Editors
Dr Austin Harrington (
Dr Duncan Kelly, Reviews  (


Max Weber Studies is published twice a year in January and July.
ISSN: 1470-8078 Current issue: 14.2

The journal is committed to the application and dissemination of the ideas of Max Weber.  Max Weber Studies seeks an engagement with the fundamental issues in the social and historical sciences: the dilemmas of life-conduct and vocation in the contemporary world, the tracking of rationalization processes and their impact, disenchantment and the return of magic, the 'uniqueness of the West' and multiple modernities, the analysis of the stratification of power and its modalities, and the validity of an interpretative science of social reality. The journal asserts the continuing place of Weber in the conversation of both classical and contemporary social and cultural theory.

The journal is an indispensable source for the translation of new Weber texts and the publication of unpublished correspondence. It offers extensive reviews of every new volume published by the Max Weber Gesamtausgabe and analyses the emerging work-history of Weber's writings. It is very much interested in milieu analysis of European intellectual thought 1880-1920, in particular movements of social reform, the women's movement, cultural currents, family history, the universities, and politics both nationally and internationally. The journal also undertakes the reflexive analysis of the reception of Max Weber in different language communities.

The journal is interdisciplinary and welcomes articles in the fields of sociology, social theory, organizational theory, economic sociology, historical sociology, religious and cultural analysis, ethics, methodology, intellectual history, and civilizational analysis.

Indexing and Abstracting The journal is indexed and abstracted by EBSCO Publishing, Sociological Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts.