Max Weber – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Weber is my favourite among the three grandfathers of sociology. ‘Elective affinities’, ideas to which people subscribe, for me include the idea of election, selection by another name, that paved the way and set the scene for Darwin’s theory, with Calvinist divine election becoming evolutionary natural selection (NB Darwin trained for the priesthood so would have been well-versed in protestant theology, along with the Oxford movement’s natural theology). Calvinist signs of foreordination and predestination for salvation shown in capitalistic prosperity became evolutionary evidence of adaptation and selection for survival. More in a moment.
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