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Max Weber on Customs/Morality - Dictionary of Arguments

Habermas III 265
Customs/Custom/Weber/Habermas: Max Weber calls a custom an "accustoming to the settled-in action", which is so "dull" that...
Habermas III 266
...the normative internal structure of habit has shrunk away and the sheer habitualization, unconsciously functioning observance of rules remains. An instrumental order based on interests, on the other hand, is based solely on the "procedural rational considerations of advantages and disadvantages" of strategically acting subjects, whereby their complementary expectations stabilize each other. An order that "rested only on such foundations" - such as repression, custom or interests - "would be relatively unstable." (1)


1. M. Weber Methodologische Schriften, Hrsg. v. J. Winckelmann, Frankfurt 1968.


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The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Weber I
M. Weber
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism - engl. trnsl. 1930
German Edition:
Die protestantische Ethik und der Geist des Kapitalismus München 2013

Ha I
J. Habermas
Der philosophische Diskurs der Moderne Frankfurt 1988

Ha III
Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. I Frankfurt/M. 1981

Ha IV
Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. II Frankfurt/M. 1981


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