Conference: Max Weber’s Hinduism and Buddhism

Reflections on a Sociological Classic 100 Years On Max Weber

A confrence organised by Peter Flügel (SOAS) and Sam Whimster (Max Weber Studies) in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London, Nehru Centre London, Max Weber Kolleg Erfurt, and the British Sociological Association.

8 -10 September 2016
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Following the successful Weber and China conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies in September 1913, attention turns to another anniversary. In April and December 1916 and May 1917 the Archiv für Sozialwissenschaft und Sozialpolitik published two long articles on the religions and the social and political structures of South Asia in historical perspective. Hinduism and Buddhism was Weber’s second essay (after Confucianism and Taoism) on the economic ethics of the world religions. ‘Indian religiosity, theoretically and practically, was the cradle of the most world denying form of religious ethic that the world has ever brought forth.’

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