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Konstantin Gaaze   1
  • 1 Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, Gazetniy pereulok, 3-5, Moscow, Russian Federation 125009

Max Weber’s Theory of Causality: An Examination on the Resistance to Post-Truth

2019, vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 41–61 [issue contents]
Post-truth as a form of epistemological democracy (Fuller, 2018) is a fight for authority between equal explanatory models with epistemological methods. What should a disciplinary reaction of sociology be to the dawn of post-truth? We are to re-investigate models of causal imputation within the domain of sociology in order to eliminate not any particular “bad” judgments of post-truth, but their logical forms. Max Weber spent at least five years developing a consistent theory of causation for sociology. To build his complex theoretical apparatus of causal imputation, Weber used the ideas of Johannes von Kries, a German psychologist and a philosopher of science. Because of logical vulnerabilities of von Kries’s theory, both Weberian models of causal imputation can lead to the emergence of at least two forms of illegitimate judgments. However, Weber was not only mistaken but he also succeeded. The reading of his second model of causation, the “chance causation,” can contribute to the debates over the notion of the subjective meaning in Weber’s interpretative sociology.
Citation: Gaaze K. (2019) Max Weber’s Theory of Causality: An Examination on the Resistance to Post-Truth. The Russian Sociological Review, vol. 18, no 2, pp. 41-61
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