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The Cultural Values of Europe$
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Hans Joas and Klaus Wiegandt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311383

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315800

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Rationality – A Specifically European Characteristic?

Rationality – A Specifically European Characteristic?

(p.166) 7 Rationality – A Specifically European Characteristic?
The Cultural Values of Europe

Wolfgang Schluchter

Liverpool University Press

This chapter attempts to answer the question of whether there is a specifically European rationality and if this rationality is merely of universal significance or also of general validity. It first examines the concepts of Europe and rationality or rationalism. It then turns to Max Weber's thoughts on the modern European cultural world characterized by economic rationalism. Finally, the chapter discusses the key events that made Europe the most developed region in the world.

Keywords:   rationality, validity, rationalism, Max Weber, economic rationalism, Europe

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