Dirk Kaesler

Dirk Kaesler (born 19 October 1944 in Wiesbaden as Dirk Käsler ) is a German sociologist.


Dirk Kaesler grew up in Munich. After graduating from the secondary school in Munich -Pasing ( since 1965 Max - Planck -Gymnasium in Munich), he studied Sociology and Political Science ( Political Science ) at the Ludwig- Maximilians- University of Munich and the London School of Economics. His teachers include Munich in particular Karl Martin Bolte, Karl Bosl, Walter L. Buhl, Hans Maier, Theo Stammen, Eric Voegelin, and John F. Winckelmann, in London, he studied mainly in Michael Oakeshott and Karl R. Popper. In 1976 he was rer in Munich in Sociology Dr.. pol. doctorate and his habilitation in 1983 of Sociology Dr. rer. pol. hab. From 1967 to 1972, he was awarded a scholarship from the Study Foundation of the German people. From 1973 to 1978 he trained as a reserve officer in the Armoured Brigade 28 of the Bundeswehr in 1980 and promoted to lieutenant of the reserve. From 1972 to 1974 he was a member of ( Free electorate ) in the municipality Kottgeisering, Fürstenfeldbruck, Regierungsbezirk Oberbayern. Dirk Kaesler headed the Political Club of the Protestant Academy of Tutzing in 1975 to 1977.

After a period as a visiting researcher at the University of Chicago in the fall of 1981, he taught and conducted research from 1984 to 1995 as a professor of Sociology at the University of Hamburg, March 1992 to March 1994 he was Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the University of Hamburg. From 1995 until his retirement in 2009, he was Chair of General Sociology at the University of Marburg and also there from 2006 to 2008 Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy. With the beginning of the winter semester 2010/11 Markus Schroer his successor on the Marburger Chair.

Longer visiting professorships took Kaesler previously at the University of Cologne, the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, Indiana University in Bloomington, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, Humboldt -Universität zu Berlin, the Ludwig- Maximilians- University of Munich, the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Graz. Between April 2003 and April 2005 he was Writer in Residence at the Monacensia, the Literary Archives and the Library of the City of Munich. For the years 1999 to 2003, the German Sociological Association elected him into their council, from 2002 to 2005, he served on the board of the DGS, since 2007 he has been re-elected to the council in 2015.

As part of the DGS Kaesler took the initiative for the preparation and adoption of a code of ethics for the German sociology. Engaged with this task by the then chairman Wolfgang Zapf led Kaesler in the years 1989-1992, a commission, which included sociologists Christel Hopf, Siegfried Lamnek, Hans Günter Meyer and Bernhard shepherd. Since November 1992, a joint code of ethics of the DGS and the Professional Association of German sociologists is in force.

Kaeslers specially designated areas of research are the history of German and international sociology who struggle with their classics and major works, as well as the scientific study of life, work and impact of the German sociologist Max Weber.

Kaesler sees itself as a defender of academic and professional qualification recognized degree program graduate sociology, should be abolished as part of the Bologna process in Germany in favor of Bachelor's and Master's programs. To the termination of the program graduate sociology at the University of Marburg complained Kaesler in the spring of 2007 on behalf of the Faculty Council before Hesse administrative courts. Both the Administrative Court of casting and the Hessian Administrative Court rejected the action and reaffirmed the right of the Marburg university management, the diploma courses - even against the declared will of representatives of the field - set. Since the winter semester 2006/ 07 the University of Marburg offers no undergraduate degree with a major in sociology more, but studies with the financial statements "Bachelor of Arts" social science and "Master of Arts " Sociology. Even so Kaesler applied his early dispensation from his position as a university professor.

Of his numerous pupils are for sociology so far mainly Petra Ahrweiler, Matthias Koenig and Andreas Reckwitz mentioned.


In his works, Dirk Kaesler primarily concerned with the history of sociology, theories of sociology, political sociology ( revolutions, political scandals ), Sociology ( emergence of academic sociology), ethics, social sciences, sociology of religion and Max Weber research.

From his scientific research published since 1979 Kaesler regularly as a journalist (especially Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Die Welt, The Star daily newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Zeit, The Week, Frankfurter Rundschau); he published regular monthly columns for Max (1994/1995), Oberhessische Press (1997-2009) and since July 2009 for the online journal literaturkritik.de

Writings (selection )

  • Ways in which sociological theory, 1974. ISBN 3-485-03069-4
  • Revolution and routinization. A theory of post-revolutionary processes, 1977 ISBN. 3-485-01844-9
  • . Introduction to the study of Max Weber, 1979 ( Japan. Übers 1981 Engl Übers 1988) ISBN 3-406-04863-3
  • The early German sociology 1909-1934 and its genesis milieu. A sociology of science investigation, 1984, reprint 1991. ISBN 3-531-11709-2
  • Sociological adventure. Earle Edward Eubank visited European sociologists in the summer of 1934, 1985. ( Italian Übers 1992) ISBN 3-531-11781-5
  • The political scandal. For symbolic and dramatic quality of policy. Together with Hans Peter Albers, Leonarda Castello, Carsten Germis, Peter -Jakob Kelting, Matthias Klupp, Sabine Redlin, Jochen Rimek, Franz -Josef Schmidt, Frank Smeddinck and Thomas Steiner, 1991. ISBN 3-531-12286- X
  • Sociological Adventures. Earle Edward Eubank 's visits with European Sociologists, 1991. ISBN 0-88738-368-8
  • Max Weber. An introduction to the life, work and impact, 1995, 3rd edition, updated in 2003 ( French translator's 1996 Chinese Übers 2000; Italian Übers 2004; Polish Übers 2010). ISBN 3-593-37360-2
  • Sociology as a vocation. Building blocks of a confident Sociology, 1997, ISBN 3-531-13070-6
  • Classics of sociology. 2 vols, 1999 ( ed.), Volume I: . Auguste Comte to From Alfred Schutz. 6th revised and updated edition, 2012 ISBN 978-3-406-64297-5. ; Volume II: From Talcott Parsons to Anthony Giddens. 5, revised, updated and expanded edition 2007, ISBN 978-3-406-42089-4
  • Major works of sociology, 2000. (Ed. together with Ludgera Vogt ) 2nd edition 2007, ISBN 978-3-520-39602-0
  • Max Weber: Writings 1894-1922, 2002 ( ed.) ISBN 978-3-520-23301-1.
  • Max Weber: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Complete edition, Beck, Munich, 2004. (Eds. ), 4th ed, 2013. Foreword by Dirk Kaesler, (Chinese translator's forthcoming) ISBN 978-3-406-60200-9
  • Current theories of sociology, Munich 2005. (Ed.) ISBN 3-406-52822-8
  • Max Weber, Munich 2011. ISBN 978-3-406-62249-6
  • Max Weber: Prussian, thinker, mother son, Munich 2014 978-3-406-66075-7