Weber's Methodology: Understanding Concept of Ideal Type as Necessary Element of Weberian Comprehensive Sociology
5 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2013
Date Written: August 7, 2013
Weber’s methodology is a hard nut. The concept of ideal type (pure type) is particularly difficult to crack. This essay provides an answer to the question what is ideal type and what purpose it serves in Weber's comprehensive sociology. Following my interpretation of Weber’s mind, based on his methodological texts, I present my version of who Weber is. I also present how Weber would have addressed a particular social topic, if he had been among us, following his proper methodological advises. To do so, I first describe these advises in chronological order, and then, apply them to a particular topic.
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