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ERIC Number: EJ1052973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 20
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ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
A Course between Bureaucracy and Charisma: A Pedagogical Reading of Max Weber's Social Theory
Fantuzzo, John
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v49 n1 p45-64 Feb 2015
Philosophers of education tend to mention Max Weber's social theory in passing, assuming its importance and presuming its comprehension, but few have paused to consider how Weber's social theory might consciously inform educational theory and research, and none have done so comprehensively. The aim of this article is to begin this inquiry through a pedagogical reading of Weber's social theory. The basis of my inquiry is Weber's claim in "Science as a Vocation" that the moral purpose of scholarship is met when it provides persons with "self-clarification" and a "sense of responsibility". Using this claim as guide, I make two arguments. First, I make the interpretive argument that Weber's descriptive social theory can be reconciled with his normative remarks about pedagogy. Second, I make the critical argument that Weber's conception of education not only withstands objections, but that it can also help us to discern blind-spots obscured by the objectors' intellectual positions. Ultimately, I conclude that Weber's social theory should influence educational scholars, particularly, by serving as a sober guide for persons who would do well to interrogate the purposes of their work in a time and place where the practice of education is stuck between two undesirable purposes, increasing bureaucratisation and charismatic reform.
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Language: English
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