The Deep Roots of Social Systems Theory: Reconsidering the Contribution of Max Weber
Professor Alberto Febbrajo from the University of Macerata, Italy, delivers this lecture on Max Weber's multilevel approach to socio-legal studies, as exemplified by the innovative concept of law developed in Economy and Society, considered to be the greatest sociological treatise of the twentieth century.
Professor Febbrajo will demonstrate how Weber analyses legally relevant processes at three different levels: the level of individual interaction based on the search for mutual convergences of sense; the level of typical generalization, based on the search for different criteria of rationality; and the level of cultural compatibility, based on the search for symbolic objects which are able to connect different social domains.
While a Weberian vision of society may be functionalistic and system oriented, Professor Febbrajo will argue that Weber avoids the most evident limits of these approaches, exemplified by the ambiguous concepts of legitimation and legal culture.
Alberto Febbrajo is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology of Law at the University of Macerata, Italy. He was previously President of the University of Macerata (1991-2003), and is Dean of the Faculty of Law. He has written widely on the historical development of Sociology of Law and on socio-legal aspects of the social systems theory.