Mirko Alagna

(Last) Men live on bread alone. The concept of Sättigung in Max Weber's works.

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Keywords: Max Weber; capitalism; Sättigung; iron cage; world image.

«For sated people no future blooms»: this is Weber's warning at the end of his text Russia's Transition to Pseudo-Constitutionalism. His fear was the coming of the last men, who «live on bread alone» and are unable to dedicate their life to ethical powers. This paper will focus on the concept of Sättigung in Max Weber's works, providing a reconstruction of the occurrences of this semantics, which plays, in my opinion, a significant role in Weber's reflection but nevertheless has been to date underestimated by the Weberian exegesis. In this way it will be possible to outline a different and more complete interpretation of Weber's thought and, moreover, to find exactly in the semantics of satiation/saturation a conceptual tool that could be useful for a diagnosis of contemporary world and contemporary politics.

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