Social Theory SW 531
Class - Discussion of Weber
for 9/30/98 class
Last update 9/29/98 11pm

Please be prepared to discuss the following topics:

  • Weber's approach to capitalism (vs. Marx's)

  • Weber's concept of verstehen, how does this relate to the theory/practice debate?

  • How Weber's multidimensional & world perspective expanded on conflict theory

  • the three dimensional model of stratification

  • How Weber sees the relationship of science to politics and how that relates to both his methodological concerns and his political concerns

    student discussion facilitator: Eric Miller

    "No one knows who will live in this cage in the future, or whether at the end of this tremendous development entirely new prophets will arise, or there will be a great rebirth of old ideas and ideals or, if neither, mechanized petrification embellished with a sort of convulsive self-importance. For of the last stage of this cultural development, it might well be truly said: 'Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has obtained a level of civilization never before achieved" (Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, p. 181).

    LINKS - (wow!)

  • Verstehen (Max Weber's Homepage] - Verstehen: Max Weber's Home Page An Introduction for Undergraduates Social Action The Ideal Type: Bureaucracy Authority Causality The Protestant Ethic Oligarchy Rationalization The Irrationality Factor Weber and Marx Sociocultural Evolution Reader..

  • Paul Reynolds, "Max Weber: Still Relevant After All These Years?" (Review of Bryan Turner, Max Weber: From History - Paul Reynolds, "Max Weber: Still Relevant After All These Years?" (Review of Bryan Turner, Max Weber: From History to Modernity), Res Publica III/2 (1997), 247-253: This review article discusses the continuing relevance of the paradigmic modernist..

  • Weber: On Objectivity by Steve Hoenisch

  • Pictorial Overheads

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  • Berry - Max Weber and Rationalization - Max Weber and Rationalization Max Weber's multi-faceted concept of rationalization--in economic life, law, administration, and religious ethics--involves the depersonalization of relationships; an increasing emphasis on specialized knowledge...

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