Weberian marxism

Xxxx Xxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx at
Sat Jun 23 15:38:11 MDT 2001

Yes, I agree with Jim. Young Weber was kind of sympathetic to Marx. As he
got older, he dispensed with Marx significantly. For the early Weber, you
should  read  _The Agrarian Sociology of Ancient Civilizations_ (Verso,
1998). There, Weber discusses the causes of the rise and decline of ancient
civilizations from a comparative perspective (Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia,
Israel, Greece).

This may be his Ph.D. even. 

Regarding Weberian Marxism, I don't know if it is a useful label. If
analogy is necessary, however, Brenner can be said to be a Weberian Marxist
because of his tendency to develop an ideal type British capitalism. Some
people argue that famous Polish Marxist Withold Kula is a Weberian Marxist
too. In his book _Economic Theory of Feudalism_, Kula, like Brenner,
develops an ideal type, closed, static Polish economy as an evidence for
feudalism in Eastern Europe. 

bye, Xxxx
Xxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxx
Ph.D Student
Department of Political Science
SUNY at Albany
Nelson A. Rockefeller College
135 Western Ave.; Milne 102
Albany, NY 12222

> From: Jim Farmelant <farmelantj at>
> To: marxism at
> Subject: Re: Weberian marxism
> Date: Saturday, June 23, 2001 3:37 PM
> On Sat, 23 Jun 2001 14:27:15 -0400 Ivonaldo Neres Leite
> <ivonaldo.leite at> writes:
> > The expression weberian marxism was created by Merleau-Ponty. It's an
> > expression utilized to refer to marxist tendency inheritor of Max
> > Weber. It seems a paradox, can Marx and Weber be together? Is it
> > possible? If we consider Luckács' theses, this connection is possible
> > sometimes, because he uses the Weber's rationalization theory. 
> > Dispite
> > of this, the expression weberian marxism almost is not
> > utilized. Obvious, the Weber's background is not marxist, but it is
> > not also that what Talcot Parsons affirms be. So is needful to
> > research the relationship between the marxism and Weber.
> Weber was in fact an admirer of Marx.  In fact, he once said that
> the integrity of a scholar could be assessed by determining his
> attitude towards Marx and Nietzsche.  The more positive the
> scholar's attitude towards these two men, the greater
> his integrity was likely to be.  Weber was often very critical
> of Marxism but the sort of Marxism that he was reacting
> against was largely the economic determinist Marxism
> of the Second International.
> Lukacs as you probably know was in his youth a protege of
> Weber.
> Jim F.
> > 
> > Ivonaldo Leite
> >      
> > 
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