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The State of the PoliticalConceptions of Politics and the State in the Thought of Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, and Franz Neumann$
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Duncan Kelly

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262870

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262870.001.0001

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Das Rätsel der Persönlichkeit—Max Weber’s Kulturkritik

Das Rätsel der Persönlichkeit—Max Weber’s Kulturkritik

(p.22) 2 Das Rätsel der Persönlichkeit—Max Weber’s Kulturkritik
The State of the Political

Duncan Kelly

British Academy

In discussing the notion of ‘personality’ in the work of Max Weber, this chapter suggests that he developed a language of the worthwhile modern personality influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche. It argues that Weber's ‘central question’ was indeed a political one, concerned with the tense relationship between the life-conduct of the modern personality and the particular ‘orders of life’ into which individuals are placed. As an account of the nature of modernity, this is of special importance when linked to Weber's discussion of the specific requirements of the political personality capable of providing leadership in the modern state. The chapter reconstructs a guiding political theme within Weber's oeuvre, and focuses less on the state and a state ‘tradition’ than the other discussions in the book.

Keywords:   Max Weber, Friedrich Nietzsche, orders of life, modern personality, modernity

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