Tracing Weber in Tanpinar's Clock Setting Institute: Rational. and Irrational. Values

Aydin D.

BILIG, vol.94, pp.29-50, 2020 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 94
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Journal Name: BILIG
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Index Islamicus, Linguistic Bibliography, Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Political Science Complete, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.29-50
  • Keywords: Tanpinar, Weber, modernitiy, bureaucratic institiutions, rationalism, values
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


In Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar's book entitled "Clock Setting Institute" (CSI), the methaphor of clock adjustment is used as an institution that reveals the change in mentality of a society that is newly experienced with modernism and the pains of this change. In Max Weber's Protestant Ethics and the Spirit of Capitalism (1997), capital accumulation emerged as the natural result of the Ascetic working spirit and discipline is one of the essential elements of capitalist development. The rise of modernity in Weber and the accompanying rise of formal rationality are related to the working discipline that is required for Protestant morality. Weber's critique of modernism is based on different types of rationality, specifically, formal rationality and bureaucracy. The same bureaucratic institution is also tried to be built in Tanpinar's Clock Setting Institute. Within this context, the aim of this study is to bring together Tanpular's CSI, an important name of the Turkish literature, with Weber, who has produced significant studies in the field of economics and sociology. By using an interdisciplinary approach, it is also aimed to reconsider the possible pains of individuals in the transition period of a modern society.