Politiikka taisteluna. Max Weberin kolminkertainen Kampf

Politics as struggle. Max Weber's triple Kampf

The article stu­dies the idea of politics as struggle, battle or conflict (Kampf) in Max Weber. By means of conceptual and historical analysis, it shows that there are three distinct ways in which Weber speaks of politics as Kampf: abstract and existential value conflict, active and intentional struggle of individuals against the aims of others and, finally, quasi-Darwinian latent struggle for selection. All of these distinct senses are necessary for understanding Weber. As a result of this manifoldness and some dubious ideological connections of the idea, the applicability of Weberian political conflict in contemporary debates becomes questionable.

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