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Hist Psychiatry. 2013 Sep;24(3):259-73. doi: 10.1177/0957154X13482833.

The theoretical root of Karl Jaspers' General Psychopathology. Part 2: The influence of Max Weber.

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Toranomon Branch Hospital, Kawasaki City, Japan.


The present study explores and compares Jaspers' methodology of psychopathology with Weber's methodology of sociology. In his works, Weber incorporated the arguments of many other researchers into his own methodology. Jaspers respected Weber as a mentor and presented arguments that were very similar to Weber's. Both Weber and Jaspers began from empathic understanding, but at the same time aimed for a rational and ideal-typical conceptualization. In addition, their methodologies were similar with respect to their detailed terminology. Such similarities cannot be seen with any other scholars. This suggests that Weber may have played an integral role as a mediator between his contemporary scholars and Jaspers. Thus, Weber may have had the most significant influence on Jaspers.


Georg Simmel; Karl Jaspers; Max Weber; Theodor Lipps; ideal type; methodological debate; phenomenology


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