Analysis Of Max Weber 's ' The Protestant Ethic ' And His Ideas On Bureaucracy

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“Sociology is the science whose object is to interpret the meaning of social action and thereby give a causal explanation of the way in which the action proceeds and the effects which it produces.” (Weber et al., 1978) These are words said by Max Weber, a German sociologist and political economist who is best known for his thesis of the “Protestant ethic” and his ideas on bureaucracy. At the start of Weber’s career, year 1882, he left home to enroll into the University of Heidelberg. After two years of schooling, Weber then put his studies on hold to give a years worth of military service at Strassburg. After fulfilling his military time, he went back home to study at the University of Berlin where he pursued a scholarship in legal and economic history. He spent most of his academic years in his childhood home, spending his mid- late 20’s working two unpaid apprenticeships as a lawyer’s assistant and a university assistant. Being unpaid, he could no longer afford to live on his own. It was fall of 1893 when he finally received a temporary position teaching jurisprudence at the University of Berlin. At this time, he had also married his second wife Miss Marianne Schnitger. Following his marriage, he went back to his busy work schedule just like he was after his return to Berlin in 1884. It is because of his impressive work ethic and intellectual effort which led him to his professional advance. He was then offered a permanent position as a professor in political economy at
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