By S. Stewart
This booklet explores sociological debates when it comes to tradition, flavor and cost. It argues that sociology can give a contribution to debates approximately aesthetic price and to an figuring out of the way humans assessment.
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140). Facing the demands of the day Weber’s response to the existential problem of the meaninglessness raised by disenchantment is to ‘face the demands of the day’; to refuse to fall back on illusions or to return to religion. Even though he understands the position of somebody for whom a ‘religious return’ is necessary, Weber (1946a, p. 155) suggested that to go into the ‘arms of the old churches’ involves an intellectual sacriﬁce that he is not willing to make. The world is disenchanted, and any attempt to attribute to human existence some kind of mystical or moral unity in the light of what we now know is to fall back on self-deception.
Where legal authority is dominant, people obey rationally established norms, rules and laws, and in a working context, adhere to the impersonal duties that go with their ofﬁce. It is, therefore, a disembodied, intellectualized kind of authority. This contrasts with more substantive forms of authority which, for example, allow for arbitrariness in decision making as a consequence of ‘the personally free discretion ﬂowing from the “grace” of the old patrimonial domination’ (Weber, 1946c, p. 220).
988) wrote that ‘[i]n the great majority of cases he [the bureaucrat] is only one small cog in a ceaselessly moving mechanism which prescribes to him an essentially ﬁxed route of march’. In 1926, six years after Weber’s death, Franz Kafka’s The Castle was published, and it echoed the bleaker side of Weber’s vision of bureaucracy. The Fate of Cultural Values 39 Regarding the ofﬁcials that populated Kafka’s novel, the character Olga observed that they ‘are very well educated, but only in a onesided way; in his own department, an ofﬁcial will see a whole train of ideas behind a single word, but you can spend hours on end explaining matters from another department to him, and while he may nod politely he doesn’t understand a bit of it’ (Kafka, 2009, p.