Reeta C. Tremblay
Vice-President Academic and Provost
Affiliation with UVic English: Emeritus
Special Book: Max Weber: Essays in Sociology, Max Weber
When did you first read this book: As a first year graduate student at the University of Chicago
Which sentence from this book has special significance for you?
“Interpretative sociology considers the individual and his action as the basic unit,,,,in general, for sociology such concepts as ‘State’, ‘association’, ‘feudalism’ and the like designate certain categories of human interaction. Hence it is the task of sociology to reduce these concepts to ‘understandable’ action,”
What does the sentence mean to you?
For me this sentence and its accompanying passages are important because they propose seeking an explanation for individual and social actions by means of a pluralistic analysis of factors each to be weighed in isolation and in relation to each other. In short, asking all social scientists to look for several potential causes for social phenomena.