Max Weber Complete Edition:
Writings, Speeches, Letters and Lectures
Max Weber (1864–1920) is one of the outstanding scholars at the end of the 19th and the onset of the 20th century. His work is considered a classic of modern sociology, and is discussed worldwide. His methodology, his conceptualizations and his comparative studies on economy, religion, rule, law and art are based on a universal historical approach and remain relevant to this day. Numerous disciplines are inspired and instructed by his writings.
Until recently his extensive and widely scattered writings were accessible only in partial and sometimes not wholly reliable editions. The Max Weber-Gesamtausgabe (MWG; Max Weber Complete Edition) will rectify these shortcomings. For the first time it presents the complete works in three sections: I. Writings and Speeches, II. Letters, III. Lectures and Transcripts of Lectures. Once completed, the edition will comprise 45 volumes and two index volumes. The Max Weber-Gesamtausgabe will be published in full within two to three years, making the complete work available on the centenary of Max Weber's death.
Managing Editorial Office and Specialized Library in Munich
Since 1975 the Kommission für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte (Commission for Social and Economic History) of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities) has been in charge of the Max Weber-Gesamtausgabe (MWG). It provides the institutional frame for the editing work taking place under the content-related responsibility of an editorial board at various locations across the Republic.
The managing editorial office of the Max Weber Complete Edition is located in Munich as well as hosting a comprehensive Max Weber collection with a specialized library, which is consulted by Weber researchers from all over the world. The Munich office has provided the editorial support for all volumes of the edition, including the volumes specifically edited there.
This project is largely funded by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Free State of Bavaria as an initiative of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities within the Academies' Programme and also by other sponsors.