Reappraising Durkheim for the study and teaching of religion today / edited by Thomas A. Idinopulos and Brian C. Wilson.

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Thomas A. Idinopulos, Brian Courtney Wilson
BRILL, 2002 - Religion - 192 pages
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"Reappraising Durkheim for the Study and Teaching of Religion Today" is an occasion to critically analyze and reassess the work of this intellectual pioneer. It is also an effort to signal the continuing importance of Durkheim for today's graduate and advanced undergraduate classrooms. "Reappraising Durkheim" brings together ten new critical essays in which noted sociologists, psychologists, phenomenologists, philosophers, and historians of religion grapple with the questions Durkheim raised and the solutions he proposed. Taken together, the volume is a careful historical and multi-disciplinary study of Durkheim that will lead students to a better understanding of how to study religion. "Reappraising Durkheim" will be an excellent text for courses focusing on theory and method in the academic study of religion at both the graduate and advanced undergraduate level. It would therefore be appropriate for use in departments of religious studies, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology.
 

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Contents

The Strengths and Weaknesses of Durkheims
1
Reconciling
15
Is There Really
27
Pragmatism and Protestantism in the Development
45
Robertson Smiths Influence on Durkheims
59
Durkheim Kant and the Social Construction
73
The Durkheimians and the Fifth Section of the
85
Durkheim Judaism and the Afterlife
111
Durkheim and Early Christianity
143
The Anomalous Case of Puritan
163
Select Bibliography
183
Index of Subjects
189
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Thomas A. Idinopulos Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Professor of Religious Studies at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. His most recent books include What is Religion? Origins, Definitions & Explanations (1999) and Land Weathered by Miracles: Historic Palestine from Bonaparte and Muhammad Ali to Ben-Gurion and the Mufti (1998).Brian C. Wilson Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Associate Professor and Chair of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. His most recent publications include What is Religion? Origins, Definitions, & Explanations (1999) and Christianity (1999).

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