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Epistemology and Practice: Durkheim's the Elementary Forms of Religious Life

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  • 372 Nombre de pages
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Argues Durkheim was attempting to establish a unique epistemological basis for the study of sociology.

In this original and controversial book Professor Rawls argues that Durkheim's The Elementary Forms of Religious Life is the crowning achievement of his sociological endeavour and that since its publication in English in 1915 it has been consistently misunderstood. Rather than a work on primitive religion or the sociology of knowledge, Rawls asserts that it is an attempt by Durkheim to establish a unique epistemological basis for the study of sociology and moral relations. By privileging social practice over beliefs and ideas, it avoids the dilemmas inherent in philosophical approaches to knowledge and morality that are based on individualism and the tendency to privilege beliefs and ideas over practices, both tendencies that dominate western thought. Based on detailed textual analysis of the primary text, this book will be an important and original contribution to contemporary debates on social theory and philosophy.

Auteur

Anne Warfield Rawls is Associate Professor of Sociology at Bentley College, Massachusetts. She has a background in both sociology and philosophy and has published extensively on social theory and social justice.

Contenu

Introduction; 1. Durkheim's outline of the argument in the introductory chapter; 2. Durkheim's dualism: an anti-Kantian, anti-rationalist position; 3. Sacred and Profane: the first classification; 4. Totemism and the problem of individualism; 5. The origin of moral force; 6. The primacy of rites in the origin of causality; 7. Imitative rites and the category of causality; 8. The category of causality; 9. Logic, language and science; 10. Durkheim's conclusion: logical argument for the categories; Conclusion.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Epistemology and Practice: Durkheim's the Elementary Forms of Religious Life
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Code EAN: 9780521651455
ISBN: 978-0-521-65145-5
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Cambridge Univ Pr
Genre: Sociologie
nombre de pages: 372
Poids: 721g
Taille: H236mm x B159mm x T29mm
Année: 2005
Auflage: New

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