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Procedural rationality: Procedural rationality in Max Weber refers to the use of efficient and effective means to achieve a predetermined goal. Weber argued that procedural rationality is a key characteristic of modern societies. It is evident in the bureaucratic organizations that manage many aspects of our lives, from schools and hospitals to businesses and governments. See also Rationality, Society, Bureaucracy, Instrumental reason, M. Weber.
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Max Weber on Procedural Rationality - Dictionary of Arguments

Habermas III 152
Procedural Rationality/Max Weber/Habermas: Weber subjectively refers to a purpose-oriented action, "which is exclusively oriented towards (subjectively) as appropriately presented means for (subjectively) unambiguously conceived purposes." (1)
Habermas III 154
An action can be interpreted as more or less procedural rational. By proposing a rational interpretation, the interpreter himself takes a standpoint on the claim with which procedural rational actions occur; he himself leaves the attitude of a third person in favour of the attitude of one involved, which examines and, if necessary, criticizes a problematic claim of validity.
>Validity claims
, >Interpretation, >Observation.
Habermas III 245
Weber calls actions that satisfy the conditions of the rationality of means and choice 'procedural rational' and actions that satisfy the conditions of normative rationality are called 'value-rational'. Both aspects can vary independently of each other. Progress in the dimension of procedural rationality can be made at the expense of value-rational actions. (2)
>Value rationality.

1.M Weber, Methodologische Schriften, Frankfurt/M. 1968, p. 170.
2.M. Weber, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, (Ed.) J. Winckelmann, Tübingen 1964, p. 22.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" 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

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

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

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