parsons’ adviser?


Anyone out there know who Talcott Parsons’ adviser was? According to various sources, he got his PhD at Heidelberg with a 1927 dissertation on Weber, but I can’t seem to find a source that lists the adviser/committee chair. If you know the answer, or you can look it up in one the Parsons’ biographies (I don’t own any), please email me, or drop it in the comments. Thanks!

Written by fabiorojas

May 14, 2007 at 1:15 am

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  1. I think it was Edgar Salin.



    May 14, 2007 at 3:58 am

  2. Edgar Salin. This comes from an interesting transcript of a 1973 seminar with Parsons that was recently published in a special issue on Parsons in the January 2006 American Journal of Economics and Sociology. In this, he details his many important early intellectual influences. He doesn’t spend too much time discussing Salin…

    An excerpt from Peter Hamilton’s bio of Parsons:



    May 14, 2007 at 4:04 am

  3. Yeah, here it is from the horse’s mouth. Googling around now, I see from this article that Parsons’ examination committee consisted of Salin, Alfred Weber (Max’s brother), Karl Jaspers and Willy Andreas.



    May 14, 2007 at 4:08 am

  4. I found the same names that Kieran had listed. Parsons went to the London School of Economics and then to Heidelberg. The joke about Parsons’ dissertation thesis was that two of the three chapters had vanished before he turned it in in 1927; he then published the two missing chapters in the “journal of Political economy” of 1928 and 1929.



    May 19, 2007 at 4:54 pm

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