The book concentrates upon Weber's engagement with political issues and their influence over his more theoretical concepts. Mommsen offers a critical analysis of Weber's notion of democracy and provides a thorough assessment of Weber's views of socialism against the backcloth of German Social Democracy.
Part I: Politics and Social Theory.
1. Politics and Scholarship: The Two Icons in Max Webers Life.
2. The Antinomical Structure of Max Weber's Political Thought.
3. Max Weber's Theory of Legitimacy Today.
Part II: Max Weber on Socialism and Political Radicalism.
4. Capitalism and Socialism: Weber's Dialogue with Marx.
5. Joining the Underdogs? Weber's Critique of the Social Democrats in Wilhelmine Germany.
6. Roberto Michels and Max Weber: Moral Conviction Versus the Politics of Responsibility.
Part III: The Development of Max Weber's Theoretical Ideas.
7. Max Weber on Bureaucracy and Bureaucratization: Threat to Liberty and Instrument of Creative Action.
8. Ideal Type and Pure Type: Two Variants of Max Weber's Ideal-typical Method.
9. Rationalization and Myth in Weber's Thought.
10. The Two Dimensions of Social Change in Max Weber's Sociological Theory.
Part IV: The Rediscovery of Max Weber.
11. Max Weber in Modern Social Thought.