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Ethics For An Impersonal Age

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By the end of the 18th century the Founding Fathers of the American Revolution, that succeeded, and the philosophes who prepared the stage for the French Revolution, that ultimately failed, were increasingly thinking of society in general as refl ecting the clockwork mechanisms of Newtonian mechanics, and which would be made more efficient as long as the parts of that machine, people, were kept rational in the service of their own interests and that of society at large. Max Weber wanted to keep the benefits of personal responsibility and even personal sociability, as well as the benefits of bureaucratic efficiency. Modern social science increasingly conceives of people only as relatively impersonal consumers, and analyzes this situation in eit.

Keywords: impersonal age; Max Weber



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