What Is Max Weber’s Contribution to Sociology?

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Max Weber is credited as one of the three founders of sociology, but his most well-known contribution was his thesis that combined economic and religious sociology. This thesis proposed that ascetic Protestantism was associated with the rise of Western market-driven capitalism.

Max Weber was an important proponent of methodological antipositivism. The German sociologist argued that studies should be made with interpretive means. He thought that the value and meaning that a person assigned to their action was just as important as the sensory experience, also called empiricism, which was involved in social actions.

Weber is also known as one of the founders of the German Democratic Party. Although he failed to get a seat in parliament, he was an advisor to the committee that drafted the Weimar Constitution.