Costruzione di mondi. Note sul concetto weberiano di Weltbild

Annamaria Vassalle

Abstract


This paper aims to focus on the Weberian concept of Weltbild (World-image), considered as one of the most important analytic instruments of his sociology. I will argue that Weltbilder have a mainly cognitive function, with a direct practical effect: they are framing devices, that allow men to orient themselves in the world. In this sense, the Weberian concept of Weltbild differs from the notion of Ideology. I will base my argument on two different elements: the peculiar theoretical status of World-images and their relationship with material factors. Unlike ideologies, in fact, Weltbilder do not deal with the distinction true-false: they are conceivable as cultural constructions, the relationship with whom can only take the form of belief (Glaube). Secondly, they are not simply functional products of material interests: in Weberian analysis, ideal and material factors have a mutual influence, that is not deducible by a rule.

Keywords


Max Weber; Weltbild; ideology; Kultur, Glaube

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Annali_Dip_Filos-13563



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