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Lehrfreiheit, Lernfreiheit, Wertfreiheit: Max Weber and the University Teacher's Congress in Jena 1908
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2004 (English)In: Max Weber Studies, ISSN 1470-8078, Vol. 4, no 2, 201-219 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The purpose of this paper is to highlight some of the problems that originally caused Weber to develop his doctrine of a value-free science. For Weber, the question of whether one should assert practical evaluations in science, was one of university politics, and could therefore be decided 'only with reference to those tasks which the individual, according to his own set of values, assigns to the universities'. In 1908, Weber participated in the University Teacher's Congress in Jena, where some of Germany's leading scholars had gathered to propose a resolution on academic freedom. The subject was controversial, and the debate that the conference initiated was later to continue in the daily press. Weber's contributions to the discussion deserves attention especially since they shed light on his motives for propagating a value-free science. It will be argued that his campaign for value-freedom must be viewed against the backdrop of contemporary debates on academic freedom.

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2004. Vol. 4, no 2, 201-219 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-24500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-24500DiVA: diva2:52274
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