Reader Comments
 


Name =Monica
e-mail =monica@erols.com
Major =Universidad de Cuyo-Argentina
Evaluation =Is/was useful. I am preparing a Web page for my students in Sociology of Knowledge, where Weber is a main "actor". I really enjoyed your page, in fact I will make a link with it. Thanks, Monica Bordon, Full Professor, Sociology of Knowledge.



Name =Kandy
e-mail =@inw.net
Major =wiu
Evaluation =Very Interesting. It helped me with some questions I had on some aspects of weber's theories.  Thank you for taking the time to create this site on what I consider to be one of the most interesting persons.



Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Verstehen
Name =Richard E.
e-mail =@Compuserve.com
Major =Pierce College, Tacoma WA
Evaluation =Just a note from a Community College student working through a survey of Sociology.

Your page on Max Weber was right on target for my paper research.  It gave me new perspective, and stimulated an interest in pursuing Weber and others further.

I could have never found the concise coverage you provided in the library.

Thanks once again

Richard
Retired, USAF
Student again.



Name =Qun
e-mail =@china.com
Major =Fudan University,Shanghai,China
Evaluation =yes,it's very useful for my studies.

Thank you!



Name =Arigo
e-mail =@mozcom.com
Major =University of the Philippines
Evaluation =Yes, the information is presented in a light atmosphere and yet the details are still there.

Thank you for creating a site such as this, it helped me well with my Social Science subjects.



Name =Marjorie
e-mail =@bc.sympatico.ca
Major =Capilano College
Evaluation =Excellent!!!


Name =Vauna
e-mail =@pueblo-evita.com
Major =Open University
Evaluation =Yes, I believe it will be. Have essay comparing Weber/Marx models of class.


Name =John B.
e-mail =@alaweb.com
Major =Enterprise (Alabama) High School
Evaluation =I have found the site very useful in my teaching of high school sociology.  I have, in fact, included a link to this site on my homepage.  Thanks for the informative website!


Name =Debbie
e-mail =@dialnet.net
Major =SMSU - Springfield
Evaluation =Thanks for such wonderful notes on Weber.  I'm currently enrolled in a Soc. Theory class,and these notes helped expand on my professor's lectures.  I was hoping to gain an insight into these notes, so I can better prepare for an upcoming exam. Thanks again!



Name =pj
e-mail =@innocent
Major =University of the Philippines
Evaluation =Keep up the good work... expansion would be a nice idea. add stuff about other philosophers and thinkers of today and the past... that would be a worthwile endevour... the format is simple and easy to follow though spicing up the page would be a nice thing to do...



Name =Robert
e-mail =@cctr.umkc.edu
Major =University of Missouri-Kansas City
Evaluation =I have already taken Sociological Theory and received an A, but I found the site still very helpful in understanding Weber further.  I will be attending graduate school in 2000, and hopefully will be a graduate teaching assistant, where I will be teaching Introduction to Sociology.  This site will be very helpful in instructing undergraduates with an interest in sociology.  I will pass on the information about the site to professors in the Department of Sociology, and will recommend it to students who are in the Sociological Theory class as well.  I would like to thank you for taking the time and effort to aid undergraduates in the quest to attain a further and a better understanding of societal issues.

Sincerely,

Robert



Name =Rena
e-mail =@golden.net
Major =University of Guelph
Evaluation =I am beginning to study public administration in Canada and am starting with a review of classical theory of bureaucracy. I would appreciate any advice you might have on references that would be relevant. I am currently employed by the canadian federal government in agriculture and food inspection. I hope to become involved in policy creation.

Thanks



Name =Emily
e-mail =@excite.com
Major =Diablo Valley College
Evaluation =Yes, very.  I am writing an essay on the thesis of Mr. Weber as part of a Western Civ. final.  Thank you for the site!  It was very useful.


Name =christine
e-mail =@standard.net.au
Major =deakin university warrnambool Australia
Evaluation =yes.i found this site very easy to read


Name =Gary
e-mail =@aero.org
Major =Aerospace Corporation
Evaluation =Excellent introduction to role and thoughts of Max Weber.  Could use links to other useful sites or portions of his works published on the web.  Thanks for the service you provide by making it available.
           Gary Ewell



Name =Richard P.
e-mail =@ucinet.com
Major =Eastern Oregon University
Evaluation =I have taught sociological theory for too many years to think about, and am now getting into web-based course work. I like you concise Weber summaries very much.  Undergrads can get the basics in a relatively short time.  I use Ritzer
[1996] and will  have about 30 or 40 links for students to inteeract with.  Yours is a good one.  Thanks.



Name =david a
e-mail =@rpa.net
Major =annandale high school (teacher)
Evaluation =This site was very helpful in studying Weber.  Thank you for taking the time to create and maintain the site.



Name =Sean Holland
e-mail =@islandnet.com
Major =Open University
Evaluation =I am a middle-aged teacher of Japanese at a private high school in Victoria, British Columbia. I'm taking a history course through our Open University (Conflict and Stability in the Development of Modern Europe 18701970), and I found your site a very useful overview of Weber.Given the scope of the course I am taking, I clearly don't have the time to read all the relevant philosophers and economists in their original works.Thanks for putting up this site!



Name =Jack
e-mail =@flash.net
Major =University of North Texas
Evaluation =You need to discuss class, status groups, and party as a separate area or topic.


Name =Dr. John
e-mail =@linkline.com
Major =CalBaptist Universiyt
Evaluation =I want to tell you that you have done a fine job putting this page together.  Found it interesting and very useful.  Super super effort!


Name =Benjamin
e-mail =@aol.com
Major =University of Arizona
Evaluation =Yes, I enjoyed the site a great deal. I am researching Max Weber and found the stuff here, while very basic, helpful in giving me ideas where to look and what to look for. Thanks!!!


Name =gail a.
e-mail =@nsu.acast.nova.edu
Major =nova southeastern university
Evaluation =I found this site very useful.  I am preparing for an oral examination and the manner in which you have highlighted the major thesis of Weber has been most helpful. A thankful graduate student.



Name =Sid
e-mail =@netcon.net.au
Major =La Trobe University, Bendigo, Australia
Evaluation =Thank you very much. I have printed the information and will use it to provide an overview for more in-depth studies in an essay on Marx and Weber.



Name =thom
e-mail =@ggbts.edu
Major =Kim School of Intercultural Studies
Evaluation =thank you, frank, for a most interesting webpage.

i was browsing, thinking of various sites for reference. i anticipate you will get some of my students.  weber has fascinated me for years, and engaged my thinking on several levels during the last few years. doing some of my phd studies at oxford and visiting heidelberg, have only fueled my weber-flames.  i have especially been interested in worldview transformations and weber is an unending source of stimulation on so many levels. i find him perennially fresh.

i have been using lawrence harrision's underdevelopment is a state of mind in one of my classes, finding his insights on the relations between ideas and structures very weberian.  thanks again, for a great website.



Name =Jessica
e-mail =@gURLmAIL.com
Major =Rogue River High School
Evaluation =I thought this site was a good way to get information on Mr.Weber. I have been looking for information on him all day, and this is the only one I have found. Thank you.



Name =Bill
e-mail =@northcoast.com
Major =Humboldt State University
Evaluation =This is a very informative site.  A complete bibliography would be helpful though.


Name =Taunya
e-mail =@uswest.net
Major =University of Colorado Boulder
Evaluation =Thanks for the site.  I am doing a first prep on a 1000 level theory course.  Any review I can scan is helpful, especially one which is succinct.



Name =Brandyn
e-mail =@labs.tamu.edu
Major =Texas A&M University
Evaluation =I found the site to be very beneficial to my research on Max Weber, Religion, and Protestantism.  Thanks!


Name =Hans
e-mail =@uoguelph.ca
Major =University of Guelph
Evaluation =Yes, the site was somewhat useful. The information is, of course, contained in many standard texts.



Name =L. Renee
e-mail =@hotmail.com
Major =La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA
Evaluation =I did find this site useful; however, I am trying to find out exactly when Max Weber wrote this material...I am researching to what extent, if any, the Japanese used this philosphy before post-WWII restructuring by the United States.

Regards,
LRM



Name =Lynn
e-mail =
Major =Metropolitan State University, Minnesota
Evaluation =Nice, clear site.  A great quick read.  Helpful to read it before reading primary texts.


Thanks, your site was a great help to me. I'm currently doing an Authorware
project for my sociology class at Rosemount Senior Highschool on Max Weber. I
found your site very useful. Thanks again

   -Mike



Great  site. The site was very informative. Probably the best site on Weber I
have found. Thanks for the resource.
Mike


Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =Donald Kerns
e-mail =@aol.com
Major =SJSU Industrial & System Engineering
Evaluation =Greetings,

I found this site wonderful. As a Weber newbie, I found the Zweckrational -> logical optimization -> bueaurcracy -> oligarchy well brought out and very clear.  (Doing a survey assignment on Taylor, Mayo, Weber and Fayol) for ISE 250 Understanding Total Quality and Organizational Learning... Thanks a lot!

-Donald



J. Aldrich

I am a student at Salem College majoring in Sociology.  I found your information very easy to read as well as understand and am very grateful.  I also actually enjoyed reading it.  Thank you for all your work.



Name =Klara
e-mail =melodydame@hotmail.com
Major =York U ,Toronto
Evaluation =Great site, Great info, Great Layout...
Missing some detail on the person himself, which could help identify bias in his work...
Other than that, the site gets an A.



Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =ana laura lobo
e-mail =analauralobo@sinectis.com.ar
Major =universidad de buenos aires
Evaluation =i found it useful, but i´d added more links, for example between weber and schutz.


I am a student at Salem College majoring in Sociology.  I found your information very easy to read as well as understand and am very grateful.  I also actually enjoyed reading it.  Thank you for all your work. 

Dear Frank,

Thank you for your efforts.  I am working with a Borough (Local Government Authority) in London (England) where the CEOs change management team engaged me to assist staff in coping with the pressures of change.

Not least of these pressures is the manifest 'irrationality' of the organisation and the behaviour of some of its officers.

Understanding helps and your site is pitched at a level that most can access and when that is not possible directly it makes a workpiece that can exercise supervisors in communicating with their staff.

Thank you from all of us.

Martin Bostock



Dear Dr Elwell, I would like to thank you for the fantastic web page that you have developed based upon Max Weber. As a University student I found this extremely informative and highly useful for assignments that I did not have much knowledge of. That is until I found your site. This proved to be of huge importance to me giving me a greater understanding of his writings which I am extermely grateful indeed. Thank you once again and I look forward to visiting your sites regularly. A Lelant (one satisfied student thanks to you)

Thanks very much for the site.  A secondary source I'm using didn't yet
come in so your summaries will come in handy for my class.

The only suggestion that I'd make is to identify Rogers State University somewhere on the Weber site.  I had to look around for it since 'rsu'
didn't immediately compute for me.

Valerie J. Simms
Northeastern Illinois University



Very helpful and succinct material on Weber. Great for my Soci 102 exam
this week.
Many thanks! Deborah


I have found your website very informative and helpful, but I was wondering what your thoughts are on Weber's view of punishment i.e. that it should not be an emotional thing due to be dangerous and that it should be professionally administrated. This is in stark contrast to Durkheim who thought that punishment provided a clear picture of the moral nature of social order.

I was just wondering what you thought of this area especially in regards to Weber.

Thanking you in advance for any ideas.

Yours Sincerely

Tom Morley



Greetings.
I have enjoyed browsing through the material on your web site and wonder if you might be able to help me. I am currently engaged in research involving religious/denominational or church institutions and change, and have opted to focus on Weber as my main theorist. Could you suggest some sources, both primary and secondary that may assist me? I appreciate any help.
Thanks
Rick Ferret

hi there
im a student studying Max Weber but am having a hard time understanding the readout and was wondering if you could put in simple terms what 'the fate of ourtimes is characterised by intellectualisation and rationalisation' means.

much appreciated
matt



I am having some difficulties getting to grips with some of the theories would you explain pluralism for me and would this apply to weber

regards B Burley



I just wanted to express my appreciation for your Weber page.  I have a really weak sociology prof and your site helped my get beyond the basics of
weber to relly engage some of his theories.

thank you
mike



Hello, I am a student at IUPUI in Indianapolis, In. I am in need of some
information on Max Weber. Could you please what important post Weber held in
German government and when did he hold it.
Thanks a lot.
Mary Ringer


Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =Donald Kerns
e-mail =kernsd@aol.com
Major =SJSU Industrial & System Engineering
Evaluation =Greetings,

I found this site wonderful. As a Weber newbie, I found the Zweckrational -> logical optimization -> bueaurcracy -> oligarchy well brought out and very clear.

(Doing a survey assignment on Taylor, Mayo, Weber and Fayol) for ISE 250 Understanding Total Quality and Organizational Learning...

Thanks a lot!

-Donald



Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =ana laura lobo
e-mail =analauralobo@sinectis.com.ar
Major =universidad de buenos aires
Evaluation =i found it useful, but i´d added more links, for example between weber and schutz.



Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =Klara
e-mail =melodydame@hotmail.com
Major =York U ,Toronto
Evaluation =Great site, Great info, Great Layout...
Missing some detail on the person himself, which could help identify bias in his work...
Other than that, the site gets an A.


Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =Luis A Calderon
e-mail =a.calderon@verizon.net
Major =American University
Evaluation =Thank you for having this useful website.


Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =Luís Gustavo de Mendonça
e-mail =lgmendonca@hotmail.com
Major =Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Evaluation =The text was very useful. The Weber's theories became more understandable after the reading and certainly will help in the finals. Best regards.


Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =Ryan Hill
e-mail =hillryan@isu.edu
Major =Idaho State University
Evaluation =Yes, I did find this site useful, I am currnetly writing a senior thesis on the History of the Bennion Teton Boys Ranch (a work ranch for young men ages 12-15). The ranch was started by Dr. Lowell Bennion. Bennion studied in Europe and produced a disertation on the methodology of weber in the early 1930s (one of the first works done about weber). This site is extremely useful for me, because I am not a sociology major, however, this page on Max Weber has brought me isight on the ideas that influeced Dr. Bennion throughout his life. This information is vital to my thesis-thank-you.


Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =Robert
e-mail =ryoung_001@yahoo.com
Major =NCCC
Evaluation =I am a sociologist, teaching sociology, and I invite you to join my new Sociology webring. For details of the ring, visit my site at http://ryoung001.homestead.com or drop me an e-mail.


Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Malthus' HomePage
Name =Jeffrey Hanover
e-mail =hano236@buffnet.net
Major =Your moms house
Evaluation =Thanks- this site was very helpful to me.


Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =Alexander Gulde
e-mail =Alexander_Gulde@gmx.net
Major =University of Montana
Evaluation =Dear Professor Elwell,

I am currently preparing a short presentation on Max Weber for my Public Administration class (PSC 361), and I found your web page to be extremely
helpful, as it offers concise information about Max Weber's understanding of bureaucracy. The way you presented your information makes it easy to access, and even easier to understand. Max Weber is not new to me, as he was one of the first scholars I had to read when I started college in Germany (Munich School of Political Science), my fellow American students here at the University of Montana, however, are in a different situation, and with the help of your web page it will extremely easy for me to tell them about the principles and basic tenets of Max Weber's work. Thank you.



orm Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =Tammy Gailfus
e-mail =tjgailfu@ucalgary.ca
Major =University of Calgary (Canada)
Evaluation =I am a Criminal Sociology major and I found your website to be very informative!!  I am writing a paper on rationality and authority
and I found a lot of useful information.  Great site!!


Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Name =Dr. Peter Herrmann
e-mail =herrmann@esosc.org and p.herrmann@ucc.ir
Major =University College Cork  and ESOSC
Evaluation =Excellent - especially to give some help for students who are not primarily concerned with sociology (Myself I am sociologist but teaching
at a department of apllied scial studies, i.e. social work, social policy and stuff.
Grand job, really.


Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =shirin hanafieh
e-mail =shirini@usa.net
Major =trent university
Evaluation =yes. the material was great in helping me find out more about this course and its aspects.
being a first year sociology major, this site made it much easier for me to understand what sociology is all about.



Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =Zack Lenihan
e-mail =SourTower66@hotmail.com
Major =Sound Consulting, Seattle, WA
Evaluation =Your depiction of Weber's 'ideals' is fascinating, useful, and
thoughtfully laid out for the web.

Weber seems to suggest that there are only two routes for a person to take; as a bureaucrat or as a dilettante.

What a dreaful vision of the future...

I think it's interesting to note the disimilarities between the bureacracies
that Weber studied and the one's we currently participate in. Most notedly,
Weber describes that the bureaucracies were heirarchical, with information
traveling up and directives traveling down. Wouldn't he flip his lid if he
could get a good long look at the internet? And not only that, but how about
open source development?

Geez... if ever I was thankful for Post Modernism it was after reading this guy's stuff. (!)



Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =Georg Blichfeldt
e-mail =geobli@world-online.no
Major =University of Tromsø
Evaluation =I was searching for more meat on a bone I found in John Ruggies book "Constructing the World Polity" (1998). Ruggie refers to Webers notion that "ideas are interests too". I found some good clues that are helpful for a further search, but I also think the site gives av great concentrate of Webers thinking. Thanks a lot! 

Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =Francoise Carenas
e-mail =Francoise_Carenas@hotmail.com
Major =University of Reading, UK
Evaluation =Best and clearest summary about Weber found on the web! Thank you for making it available. I am doing an essay at MA level, on Education, bureaucracy and collegiality and I really appreciated this overview. It will help me to select readings from Weber and understand better the whole perspective. Just a few glitches: I miss the reference to Peter Blau's quote uner Societal Oligarchy. At the end of Rationalization, are you quoting Weber? What are the references? They are not mentioned in "In his own words" either. Apologies if you have been told this already 1000 times!    
Francoise C.

Form Version =Fall 1997, Version 1.0
Site =Max Weber's HomePage
Name =Claudia
e-mail =@hotmail.com
Major =Open University
Evaluation =Yes, I liked your page - for the first time an indication how to reference webpages properly! Easy-to-use, although I needed my German since the expressions used in my study books are different ones! Only one minor problem: what/where is 'rsu'? I could not access the home page. Best wishes and thanks. C.R., England


I found the site incredible informative. I am studying a Business degree and was researching Max Weber for an organisational project. Your web site turned
what was a very uninformative task into an enjoyable reasearch article,
thanx!! 



I just wanted to send you a little note to let you know how thankful I am for 
this site.  I am currently a student at Montclair State University and have a 
final exam in Social Theory. I am reading Weber's writings on Bureaucracy and 
Authority and find it hard to fully understand him. Your site helped me 
greatly and I very much appreciate you taking the time to create it. Thanks 
again! 

Tina 



Dr. Elwell, I just wanted to thank you for your web page on Max Weber. I 
have an exam on Tuesday so I'm trying to pick up a few extra perspectives. 
Your text was clear and to the point. Thanks again!
Sam Bennett