"In my eyes, such religious return stands higher than the academic prophecy, which does not clearly realize that in the lecture-rooms of the university no other virtue holds but plain intellectual integrity." -- Max Weber, "Science as a Vocation"
"For ultimately there are only two kinds of deadly sins in the field of politics: lack of objectivity and--often but not always identical with it--irresponsibility. Vanity, the need personally to stand in the foreground as clearly as possible, strongly tempts the politician to commit one or both of these sins." -- Max Weber, "Politics as a Vocation"
Science as a Vocation
I am first and foremost a sociologist. I specialize in comparative historical sociology and study state formation, race and multiculturalism, Asian urbanisms, and religion
Politics as a Vocation
I was a politician. Politics was an extension of national service for me. I am now retired and serving Singapore in other ways