This book explores the latest thinking about Max Weber and his continuing influence on theoretical and empirical interests today. Bringing together the work of leading scholars from a variety of disciplines, it illuminates Weber’s thought in a number of key areas, including the methodology and philosophy of social science, comparative religion, the rationalization process, political sociology, the sociology of law, and the Protestant ethic and the development of capitalism.

An international collection that demonstrates the enduring importance of Weber’s thought to contemporary sociology and the discipline’s major concerns, The Routledge International Handbook on Max Weber will appeal to scholars in a range of disciplines, including sociology, social theory, politics, philosophy, law, and international relations.

Introduction: Max Weber Today  Part I: The Life and Work  1. Weber Redivivus: Reconsidering the Life and Work  2. Max Weber: The Making of an Improbable Classic  3. Weber’s Theory of Meaning, Modernity and the Value-Spheres  4. Rationalities and Rationalization  5. The Fracture in Weber's Sociological Thought: The Formation of a Comparative World-Historical Perspective  Part II: Methodology and Philosophy of the Social Sciences  6. Weber's Methodological Writings  7. Max Weber’s Work and Our Times: The Sociological Significance of Weber’s Methodological Insights  8. Academic Freedom Between Scientific Objectivity and Cultural Values  9. Modalities of Value Incommensurability: Associated Reflections  Part III: The Protestant Ethic and the Development of Capitalism  10. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904-05/1920)  11. Weber's Early Writings on Law: Medieval Mercantile Law and Agrarian Structures in Roman Antiquity  12. The Monastery Door Reopens  13. ‘Weber’s Thesis’ and the Restoration of Capitalism in Baltic Countries  14. Capital and the Thrill of Domination  Part IV: Comparative Religion  15. Max Weber on China and Capitalism  16. Weber’s Economic Ethos of the World Religions  17. Eastern Orthodox Christianity and the Other Spheres of Life in Max Weber’s Russia  18. World Religions, World Attitudes, and Civilizations: Max Weber's Comparative Sociology of Religion and the Analysis of Indian Religiosity  19. Divine Positive Law: Ancient Judaism and Western Legality  Part V: Economy and Society and Rationalization Processes  20. Max Weber’s Economic Sociology  21. The Notion of Formal Rationality in the Writings of Max Weber and Other Foremost Sociologists  22. Capitalism, Contingency, and Economic Development  23. Max Weber’s Idea of Social Science in an Age of Formal Rationalization  Part VI: Sociology of Law  24. Max Weber’s Sociology of Law, Then and Now  25. Max Weber’s Comparative and Historical Sociology of Law: The Developmental Conditions of Law  26. A Critical Reading of Max Weber on Law and Its Rationalization  Part VII: Political Sociology  27. The Fate of Politics: The Vocation of the Political Educator  28. Weber’s Concept of Traditional Herrschaft Reexamined: Is it Ever Superseded?  29. Deus ex Machina: The Problem of Legal-Rational Domination  30. The Politics of Responsibility, Charismatic Communities, and Non-legitimate Domination  31. Living (Together) with the Consequences of Value Struggle  32. Max Weber on Parliamentarism and Democracy  33. Revolution and Revolutionary Subjectivity: Links Between Politics, Ethics, and Violence  34. Max Weber and the Historical Fate of Liberal-Democracy