Marx v. Weber

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Comparative Essay
Karl Marx and Max Weber
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SSCI 501 – Great Ideas: Classics of Social Theory
October 1, 2013 German sociologists, Karl Marx and Max Weber, each both had theories about how capitalism evolved in society aswas well as what social inequality is. In this essay, I will explain the theories of these two sociologists in these areas and show how each had merit based on what we know today. O.K introduction but no real thesis.) My thesis (Aha!) for this paper is that capitalism breeds social inequality. Though social inequality can exist outside of capitalism, with capitalism social inequality is an inherent part of the system. Without inequality, there can be no capitalism …show more content…

For it would be God’s will for man to live out his “calling.”
Phase Three, “Money is Good, God is doesn’t matter,Okay” which represents the complete absolution into the cCapitalistic state of mind. No longer does our primary concern lay with God, it lays solely on our ability to accumulate wealth.
Each of these thinkers (Marx and Weber) had views on social inequality in addition to their theories on the existence of capitalism. It is much easier to decipher Marx’s feelings about social inequality. Marx believed that any system which had one individual “reporting” to another individualsystem that had one individual “reporting” to gave the latter the most power in theiranother individual gave the latter the most power in his or her dynamic.
Marx says, “Freeman and slave . . . e…lord and serf . . . …in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried an uninterrupted . . . d…….” (McIntosh, 1997). In current world terms, Marx is telling us that when one person has power (whether that is physical, economic, educational or simply perceived) you naturally have a social class system based on inequality. One person is the one “in charge” and the other would be the one who is receiving the orders. There can be no equality in a system where the members of the society do not perceive each other as equals. Weber believed

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