Cult Figures within Academia
The Case of Max Weber
Keywords:Max Weber, scholarly world, mythical figure, academic community
AbstractIn this paper we examine the case of Max Weber as a cult figure within academic life, a phenomenon that falls under the broad category of implicit religion. It is about a hidden ‘religiosity’ that develops around certain mythical figures in the scholarly world, who are venerated in various ways and serve as luminous examples worthy of imitation for subsequent generations of scholars. Attention is also paid to the opposite perspective, namely to the anti-cult trend aimed at demystifying the myth surrounding Weber. The examination of the Weber cult, which may serve as a basis for locating other analogous phenomena, shows that attitudes within the allegedly strictly rationalistic academic community are not altogether devoid of other non-scholarly, implicitly religious orientations.
How to Cite
Makrides, V. N., & Sotiriu, E. (2003). Cult Figures within Academia: The Case of Max Weber. Implicit Religion, 6(2-3), 105–132. https://doi.org/10.1558/imre.v6i2.105