chapter  11
Beyond the Divided Discipline
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In 1903, when the editorship of the journal Archiv fu¨r Sozialwissenschaft und Sozialpolitik passed into the hands ofMaxWeber,Werner Sombart, and Edgar Jaffe´, Weber used the occasion to inquire into the state of German social science at the turn of twentieth century. “When a social science journal . . . appears for the first time,” Weber wrote, “it is customary to ask about its ‘line’”—that is, in the case at hand, what standards of social scientific scholarship were the editors of Archiv going to establish?1 Weber’s inquiry of course became the classic essay “‘Objectivity’ in Social Science and Social Policy.” This needed to be written, Weber reasoned, because there was at the time some urgency in asking about the scope and especially the methods of social science. German scholarship at the turn of the twentieth century was still caught up in a Methodenstreit, or quarrel among methods, that, in Weber’s words, led to “bitter conflict about the apparently most elementary problems of our discipline.”2