Karl Marx and Max Weber: Interpretations of Their Relationship in Social Thought Page: 1
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Certainly no one can doubt that Karl Marx had a tre-
mendous impact upon his world, not only the world of action
but also the world of ideas. That his writings have been
highly influential until today is evident in contemporary
politics and thought; what is intriguing is the study of
Marx's impact upon social thought as it occurred and as it
has been distilled into contemporary social science.
Max Weber like Karl Marx has also had a tremendous
influence upon the course of social science. Yet, amazingly
enough the question of what influence Marx had on the
younger social theorist Weber has never been resolved. The
myriad of reasons why this debate continues is quite luring,
but unfortunately beyond the scope of the paper. The scope
of the paper must necessarily limit itself to the most basic
summarization of the arguments, for this subject of discus-
sion spreads itself through the entirety of social science.
The debate as to how Weber should be interpreted with
regard to Marx has become polarized. Those who view that
Weber may best be interpreted as a theorist whose work offers
an alternative to what some find a contemptible Marxist
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Weniger, Anna L. Karl Marx and Max Weber: Interpretations of Their Relationship in Social Thought, thesis, August 1977; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc504266/m1/4/: accessed September 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .