Romancing Antiquity

German Critique of the Enlightenment from Weber to Habermas


Author: George E. McCarthy

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847685295

Category: Philosophy

Page: 379

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In this unique and comprehensive book, George McCarthy examines the influence of Greek philosophy, literature, arts, and politics on the development of twentieth-century German social thought. McCarthy demonstrates that the classical spirit vitalized thinkers such as Weber, Heidegger, Freud, Marcuse, Arendt, Gadamer, and Habermas. With the romancing of antiquity, they transformed their understanding of the modern self, political community, and Enlightenment rationality. By viewing contemporary social theory from the framework of the classical world, McCarthy argues, we are capable of thinking beyond the limits of modernity to new possibilities of human reason, science, beauty, and social justice.

Max Weber and Islam


Author: Wolfgang Schluchter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351289829

Category: Religion

Page: 332

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Max Weber and Islam is a major effort by Islamic-studies specialists to reexamine and appraise Max Weber's perspectives on Islam and its historical development. Eight specialists on Islam and two sociologists explore many dimensions of Weber's comments on Islam, along with Weber's conceptual framework. The volume's introduction links the discussions to contemporary issues and debates. Wolfgang Schluchter reconstructs Weber's conceptual apparatus as it applies to Islam and its historical development. In subsequent chapters, Islamic specialists consider such major topics as the developmental history of Islam, Islamic fundamentalism, Islamic reform, Islamic law and capitalism, secularization in Islam, as well as the value of attempting to apply Weber's concept of sects to Islam. While some authors find flaws in Weber's factual knowledge of Islam, they also find considerable merit in the kinds of questions Weber raised. Contributors to the volume include highly respected contemporary international scholars of Islam: Ira Lapidus, Nehemia Levtzion, Richard M. Eaton, Peter Hardy, Rudolph Peters, Barbara Metcalf, Francis Robinson, Patricia Crone, Michael Cook, and S.N. Eisenstadt. Toby Huff's introduction not only knits the thematics of the separate essays together but adds its own stresses while engaging the contributors in dialogue and debate about fundamental issues. This acute collective analysis establishes a new benchmark for understanding Weber and Islam. This book also provides an up-to-date overview of the developmental history of many aspects of Islam. A major reappraisal of the entire span of Max Weber's sociological thought on Islam, this book will appeal to a wide range of scholars and laymen interested in the Islamic world. It will be of particular interest to sociologists specializing in religion and Middle East area specialists.

Urban Decline in Early Modern Germany

Schwäbisch Hall and Its Region, 1650-1750


Author: Terence McIntosh

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807850633

Category: History

Page: 317

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During the Middle Ages, southwest Germany was one of the most prosperous areas of central Europe, but the Thirty Years' War brought devastating social and economic dislocation to the region. Focusing on the town of Schw bisch Hall, Terence McIntosh explor

Wirtschaftsgeschichte der mittelalterlichen Juden

Fragen und Einschätzungen


Author: Michael Toch

Publisher: Oldenbourg Verlag


Category: Jews

Page: 218

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Bei jeder Betrachtung des Lebens der mittelalterlichen Juden werden zwar die wirtschaftlichen Aspekte erwahnt, ihre wissenschaftliche Untersuchung bleibt jedoch meist oberflachlich und von den Erkenntnissen der Wirtschaftsgeschichte abgekoppelt. Forscher aus Deutschland, Grossbritannien, Israel, den Vereinigten Staaten, Italien und Osterreich decken in diesem Band daher nicht nur das Spektrum der wirtschaftlichen Tatigkeiten der mittelalterlichen Juden in ihren Gastgesellschaften auf, ihr Ziel war auch, den "Wirtschaftsgeschichten" nachzugehen und zentrale Komplexe wie Geldleihe, Buchhaltung, Armenfursorge, Frauenarbeit anhand neuerer Forschungserkenntnisse auszuleuchten. Beitrage von: David Abulafia, Rainer Barzen, Annegret Holtmann, David Jacoby, Martha Keil, Reinhold Mueller, Hans-Georg von Mutius, Joseph Shatzmiller, Michael Toch, Giacomo Todeschini, Markus Wenninger"