Max Weber and Michel Foucault: Parallel Life-Works by Árpád Szakolczai

By Árpád Szakolczai

This publication is the 1st to together examine Weber and Foucault and to make powerful hyperlinks among their lives and works. will probably be precious examining to scholars and academics of sociology and philosophy.

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Ir had already been occupied by the three most important sources of contemporary thought; the three masters of suspicion (Ricoeur 1970), or the three infinite interpreters (DEI: 571): Marx, Nietzsche and Freud. Each of them had some empirical background in a positive discipline (economics, philology and psychiatry), each of them was engaged in long-term historical studies which used empirical (including anthropological) material, and had evident philosophical interests. Each of them was a prophet of a sort, formulating wideiy influential theses about the direction in which modern society was going.

In order to mark a difference from the experimental concept of causality used in the natural sciences, this will be called 'experiential causality', where repetition under controlled circumstances is replaced by the presentation of a joint impact in areas that so far were thought unrelated (marriage and work career, illness and work projects). ON SOURCES The purpose of the book, thus, is to reconstruct the exact manner in which the life-work ofWeber and Foucault is projected by certain personal encounters, especially reading experiences, tying life and work tightly together.

Their influence, however, was due to the mobilising impact they had upon the minds and souls of men and women. It was therefore spiritual in the strict sense, and not scientific. Marx instigated the revolutionary politics that was one of the most important sources of political change in our century, while Freud stimulated the equally wide-ranging transformation caused by the increasing preoccupation with the depth of the self and with sexuality. Though their impact lay in the incitement, mobilisation and channelling of human energies, this fact was obscured by their own claims to scientificity.

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