scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 854
Max Weber was one of the worlds greatest sociologists and wrote a lot about the capitalist world he lived in He had a different conception of capitalist society than most of his contemporaries He looked at capitalism from all the different aspects that the philosophy was made of Some of these aspects are state power authority class inequality imperialism and bureaucracy To understand how Weber thought one must look at each area separately then put them all together in a global package Weber describes history in terms of the constant struggle for power He bases all significant historical changes on the power struggle that caused them Weber describes power as a zero sum game That means for one person to gain power someone else has to loose the same amount of power A fundamental aspect of the power struggle is the state and its power Weber states that the state is the monopoly of legitimate force The state is a compulsory of power and the laws within it are its powers to enforce its power The main struggle for power is that of force verses authority Force is power that can be used to get ones way and authority is the legitimate use of power to rule Within the struggle for power Weber defines three forms of authority rational-legal authority traditional authority and charismatic authority Rational-legal authority is anchored in impersonal rules that have been legally established This type of has come to characterize social relations in modern societies Traditional authority often dominates pre-modern societies It is based on the belief in the sanctity of tradition of the past Unlike rational-legal authority traditional authority is not codified in impersonal rules but is usually invested in a hereditary line or invested in a particular office by a higher power Finally charismatic authority rests on the appeal of leaders who claim allegiance because of the force of their extraordinary personalities Weber does not feel that the power
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA