The problem of the nature of values and the relation between values and rationality is one of the defining issues of twentieth-century thought and Max Weber was one of the defining figures in the debate. In this book, Turner and Factor consider the development of the dispute over Max Weber's contribution to this discourse, by showing how Weber's views have been used, revised and adapted in new contexts.

The story of the dispute is itself fascinating, for it cuts across the major political and intellectual currents of the twentieth century, from positivism, pragmatism and value-free social science, through the philosophy of Jaspers and Heidegger, to Critical Theory and the revival of Natural Right and Natural Law. As Weber's ideas were imported to Britain and America, they found new formulations and new adherents and critics and became absorbed into different traditions and new issues.

This book was first published in 1984.

chapter |6 pages


chapter 1|23 pages

Problems of context and interpretation

chapter 3|20 pages

Weber’s political design

chapter 4|31 pages

The Weimar era dispute

chapter 5|14 pages

Words into action: Jaspers and Heidegger

chapter 6|15 pages

Nazism, fascism, and the later dispute

chapter 9|32 pages

The later form of the critique