Politics as Personal Freedom: An Analysis of Max Weber’s Speech “Politics as a Vocation”


  • Alexander MISHURIN Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences




Max Weber, politics, individual, freedom, domination, hero


This article covers a research devoted to the concept of politics articulated in Max Weber’s speech “Politics as a Vocation”. The article is divided into three parts. The first part highlights the historical and occasional contexts of the speech. In the second part, the three definitions of politics given by Weber are sequentially studied and linked with each other; then the picture of the politics of the immediate future is partially reconstructed in which politics as freedom is associated with domination or with the fight for domination. In the third part an assumption is made on whom Weber sees as a politician of not the immediate but of the distant future, a politician in the highest sense of this word, whom Weber calls a “hero”.


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Author Biography

Alexander MISHURIN, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences

(PhD in Political Science) is Research Fellow at the Department of the History of Political Philosophy in the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences. His professional interests spread from classical political philosophy to modern conservatism. Mishurin is the author of more than 20 scientific articles and translations and known to be a specialist in Leo Strauss’ philosophy.


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How to Cite

MISHURIN, A. (2019). Politics as Personal Freedom: An Analysis of Max Weber’s Speech “Politics as a Vocation”. WISDOM, 13(2), 85–94. https://doi.org/10.24234/wisdom.v13i2.244