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patron: Max Weber

Max Weber (Photo: Leif Geiges)[Bildunterschrift / Subline]: Max Weber, 1919 (Photo: Leif Geiges)

The Max Weber-Program is named after the scientist Max Weber (born in Erfurt in 1864 – died in Munich in 1920), a Prussian who spent most of his life in Heidelberg. It was not until the final years of his life that Max Weber came to Munich as a professor. So, why name a program which promotes highly gifted students at Bavarian universities after Max Weber?

As a matter of fact, the decision of choosing Max Weber as the patron of this program was not based on where he came from. Max Weber, the founder of modern sociology, investigated the effects of capitalism and bureaucracy on the freedom of man, which he thought endangered by growing restrictions. Many of his insights are still relevant today and continue to do so.

“Science as a Vocation” is the title of a lecture which Max Weber gave in Munich in 1917. Here Weber spells out what is still true for every scientist today: “In the field of science only he who is devoted solely to the work at hand has 'personality.'” (Max Weber: Wissenschaft als Beruf. Reclam, Stuttgart 1995, S. 15) Max Weber was a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.