Max Weber Biography
Birthday: April 21, 1864 (Taurus)
Born In: Erfurt, Germany
Max Weber was a German sociologist, philosopher, management theorist, jurist, and economist, whose ideas had a major influence on the early development of social theory and on the basis of social research. Often cited alongside Émile Durkheim and Karl Marx, as one of the founders of sociology, Weber regarded sociology as primarily a useful tool for the analysis of how social forces could be influenced by the rise of capitalism, and how capitalism itself could be affected by social changes such as improved education and literacy. Weber is best known for his study of how cultural influences embedded in religion could be used as a way to understand how capitalistic systems are formed. After the First World War, Max Weber ran (unsuccessfully) for a seat in the parliament and was one of the founders of the short-lived ‘German Democratic Party’ or the ‘Deutsche Demokratische Partei’ (DDP). He also served as an advisor to the committee that drafted the ‘Weimar Constitution’ of 1919.