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Habermas III 244
Value rationality/Max Weber/Habermas: Weber: "He who acts purely value rationally, regardless of the consequences to be foreseen, in the service of his conviction of what seems to command duty, dignity, beauty, religious instruction, reverence, or the importance of a 'thing' of whatever kind. ... value rational acting is acting according to 'bids' or according to 'demands', which the actor has posed for him- or herself." (1)
Habermas III 344/345
Value Rationality/Purpose Rationality/Law/Weber/HabermasVsWeber/Habermas: In connection with Weber's treatment of law, there is an unclear interference of two different questions under which Weber understands processes of modernization as processes of rationalization: a) as rationalization in all areas of life as a rationalization of means for purposes that are required under particular values, b) under the aspect of a value-rational transformation of the institutional system. (See also Law/Weber).
HabermasVsWeber: From Weber's economic, state and legal sociology one must gain the impression that in modern societies rationalization processes can only begin with empirical-theoretical knowledge and the instrumental and strategic aspects of action, while practical rationality cannot be institutionalized independently, i.e. with a subsystem-specific stubbornness.


1.M.Weber, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, hrsg. v. J. Winckelmann, Tübingen 1964.


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The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Weber I
M. Weber
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism - engl. trnsl. 1930
German Edition:
Die protestantische Ethik und der Geist des Kapitalismus München 2013

Ha I
J. Habermas
Der philosophische Diskurs der Moderne Frankfurt 1988

Ha III
Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. I Frankfurt/M. 1981

Ha IV
Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. II Frankfurt/M. 1981


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