Max Weber

1864 - 1920

Max Weber

Maximilian Karl Emil Weber (; German: [ˈveːbɐ]; 21 April 1864 – 14 June 1920) was a German sociologist, philosopher, jurist, and political economist, who is regarded today as one of the most important theorists on the development of modern Western society. As his ideas would profoundly influence social theory and social research, Weber is often cited as among the three founders of sociology, alongside Émile Durkheim, and Karl Marx.Unlike Durkheim, Weber did not believe in monocausal explanations, proposing instead that for any outcome there can be multiple causes. As such, he would be a key proponent of methodological anti-positivism, arguing for the study of social action through interpretive (rather than purely empiricist) methods, based on understanding the purpose and meanings that individuals attach to their own actions. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Max Weber has received more than 3,791,545 page views. His biography is available in 115 different languages on Wikipedia making him the most popular sociologist.

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Among sociologists, Max Weber ranks 1 out of 47After him are Émile Durkheim, Pierre Bourdieu, Theodor W. Adorno, Georg Simmel, Talcott Parsons, Erving Goffman, Anthony Giddens, Robert K. Merton, Norbert Elias, Niklas Luhmann, and Marcel Mauss.

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Among people born in 1864, Max Weber ranks 1After him are Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Richard Strauss, Alois Alzheimer, Wilhelm Wien, Camille Claudel, Walther Nernst, Hermann Minkowski, Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Eleftherios Venizelos, Maurice Leblanc, and Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine. Among people deceased in 1920, Max Weber ranks 1After him are Amedeo Modigliani, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Wilhelm Wundt, Peter Carl Fabergé, Eugénie de Montijo, Robert Peary, Alexander Kolchak, Max Bruch, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Anders Zorn, and Alexander of Greece.

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Among people born in Germany, Max Weber ranks 18 out of 3,763Before him are Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770), Albrecht Dürer (1471), Richard Wagner (1813), Peter Paul Rubens (1577), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646), and George Frideric Handel (1685). After him are Anne Frank (1929), Friedrich Engels (1820), Johannes Brahms (1833), Karl Lagerfeld (1933), Henry Kissinger (1923), and Robert Schumann (1810).


Among sociologists born in Germany, Max Weber ranks 1After him are Theodor W. Adorno (1903), Georg Simmel (1858), Niklas Luhmann (1927), Robert Michels (1876), Amitai Etzioni (1929), Andre Gunder Frank (1929), and Juan José Linz (1926).

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