Emile Durkheim on Morality and Society

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University of Chicago Press, 1973 - Biography & Autobiography - 244 pages
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Emile Durkheim is best known in this country as a great sociologist and methodologist. Yet it was Durkheim's reflections on morality and society that spoke most deeply of his vital concerns. In his informative introduction to this work, Robert N. Bellah describes Durkheim as moralist, philosopher, theologian, and prophet, as well as sociologist, and the selections in this volume are representative of these aspects of Durkheim's many-faceted scholarship.

The first two selections of the volume set the context for the development of Durkheim's sociology of morality. Section I, "The French Tradition of Social Thought," gives Durkheim's picture of how his sociology is to be situated relative to the general French tradition. Section II, "Sociology and Social Action," shows Durkheim grappling with moral and political issues in his society and indicates the immediate social context of his thinking.

The remaining selections indicate some of the major substantive areas of Durkheim's sociology of morality. Section III, taken from The Division of Labor in Society, demonstrates his basically evolutionary approach to the development of moral norms in society. Section IV, "The Learning of Morality," gives examples of Durkheim's work on socialization. Section V, "Social Creativity," deals with the important question of how new moral norms arise in society.
 

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This edited volume is a great introduction to Durkheim for folks who are primarily interested in the philosophical / moral questions he raised. There's not as much description of sociological methods (see his other works for that). Personally I found parts of this book to be quite moving. Read full review

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This edited volume is a great introduction to Durkheim for folks who are primarily interested in the philosophical / moral questions he raised. There's not as much description of sociological methods (see his other works for that). Personally I found parts of this book to be quite moving. Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
ix
Sociology in France in the Nineteenth Century
3
SOCIOLOGY
11
Address to the Lyceens of Sens
25
The Principles of 1789 and Sociology
34
Individualism and the Intellectuals
43
The Intellectual Elite and Democracy
58
Organic Solidarity and Contractual Solidarity
86
Consequences
114
Conclusion
134
The Dualism of Human Nature and Its Social
149
Origin of the Idea of the Totemic Principle or Mana
167
Elementary Forms of Religious Life
187
NOTES
225
BIBLIOGRAPHY
243
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