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Max Weber

WithJoyce Appleby, Elizabeth Covington, David Hoyt, Michael Latham, Allison Sneider

The authors in this volume have all, so far, taken a fairly critical stance towards what we call “modernity.” This is not to say that there was lack of significantly self-confident articulations or positivistic spirit driving liberal democracy in the nineteenth century. Yet it does suggest that in an age of increasing materialism and religious crisis, those who felt that certain dimensions of the human experience were being de-emphasized, denuded, if not coerced into silence, felt themselves more and more relegated to positions of social marginality. In this circumstance, they were given to harsher evaluations of their social environment. In some sense, German thought may be said to have taken on this role with regard to the thought of Western Europe, chiefly that of Britain and France.