Max Weber and William James: 'Pragmatism', Psychology, Religion

P. Ghosh
2005 Max Weber Studies  
The essay takes up an aspect of German-American relations first raised by Eduard Baumgarten and Wilhelm Hennis. Unlike them, it argues that Weber and James were in any simple sense cultural opposites, basing this finding upon an examination of the two men's views on religion, psychology and 'pragmatism'. However, James seemed to correspond well to Weber's idea of Anglo-American Kultur, and any perceived difference certainly did not imply low esteem. Nonetheless, there is a warning here against
more » ... oo simple or unreflective a view of Weber's undoubted enthusiasm for things American and English; and a reminder that for Weber Kultur could be read both as international and as national.
doi:10.15543/mws/2005/2/6 fatcat:hpxovp3iezh6hd3pdpmfycujd4