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Max Webers formulation of basic methodological issues has long attracted the attention of philosophers and social scientists. Both will welcome this highly original analysis, which focuses on the troublesome problem of the objectivity of socialMoreMax Webers formulation of basic methodological issues has long attracted the attention of philosophers and social scientists. Both will welcome this highly original analysis, which focuses on the troublesome problem of the objectivity of social science the principal concern of Webers methodological writing. Guy Oakes traces the vital connection of Webers work to that of philosopher Heinrich Rickert. He lucidly reconstructs Rickerts notoriously difficult concepts in order to isolate the important, and until now poorly understood roots of problems in Webers own work.Weber and Rickert adds a new dimension to the understanding of Max Weber by illuminating his relationship to the Southwest German school of neoKantianism and to Rickert. It also introduces Rickerts philosophy, which is currently enjoying renewed interest in Europe, to English speaking readers.The book offers a remarkably accessible exposition of Rickerts theory of values. Oakes breaks through Rickerts high level of abstraction by imaginatively drawing on Kierkegaards concrete moral tale Diary of a Seducer to provide a clear understanding of the way in which Rickert failed to solve the problem of the objectivity of values. His critique of Rickert challenges the methodological basis of Webers solution to the problem of objectivity, elevating the discussion surrounding Webers methodology to a new level and opening the way for provocative discourse.Guy Oakes has translated works by Max Weber, Georg Simmel, and Heinrich Rickert, as well as Carl Schmitts Political Romanticism. He teaches social philosophy at Monmouth College and sociology at the New School for Social Research. Weber and Rickert: Concept Formationin the Cultural Sciences is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.