Produced in Germany in 1864, Max Weber was a precocious youngster. In 1905 he published his most renowned work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. He’s considered the father of contemporary sociology. His dad, Max Weber Sr., was a politically active attorney with a penchant for “earthly happiness,” while his mother, Helene Fallenstein Weber, favored a more ascetic lifestyle. The battles this created within their union intensely affected Max. Still, their house was filled with outstanding intellectuals and dynamic discussion, an environment in which Weber flourished. Growing up, he was bored with school and disdained his teachers, but devoured timeless literature by himself. After graduating from high school, Weber studied law, history, philosophy and economics for three sessions at Heidelberg University before spending annually in the military. He passed the bar exam in 1886 and earned his Ph.D. in 1889, finally finishing his habitation dissertation, which enabled him to get a position in academia.
In 1897, Max had a falling out with his dad, which went open. After his dad died in 1897, Weber suffered a mental breakdown. He was plagued by depression, stress and sleeplessness, which caused it to be impossible for him to instruct. He spent another five years in and out of sanatoriums. When Weber was eventually in a position to restart working in 1903, he became an editor in a notable social science journal. These essays, printed in 1904 and 1905, discussed his notion the growth of contemporary capitalism was attributable to Protestantism, especially Calvinism.
Following a stint offering in the medical service during World War I, Weber released three more novels on faith in a sociological context. These works, The Religion of China (1916), The Religion of India (1916) and Ancient Judaism (1917-1918), compared their various faiths and cultures with that of the Western world by considering the need for financial and spiritual factors, amongst others, on historic results. Weber restarted teaching in 1918. He meant to release additional volumes on Christianity and Islam, however he got the Spanish influenza and died in Munich on June 14, 1920. His manuscript of Economy and Society was left incomplete; it was edited by his wife and printed in 1922. Weber’s writing helped form the basis of contemporary sociology. His influence runs through the lands of sociology, politics, faith and economics.