Durkheim on Religion / Edition 1

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This volume brings together a comprehensive selection of Émile Durkheim's writings on religion. Besides helping to establish the discipline of sociology in France, Durkheim is widely recognized as one of the founding figures in the modern study of religion. Included are important sections of The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912), some of Durkheim's early reviews, articles, and extracts from books. The volume also contains comprehensive bibliographies, and early reviews of Durkheim's work on religion by such writers as van Gennep, Goldenwieser, Stanner, and the French sociologist Gaston Richard.
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A selection of writing by Durkheim, one of the founding figures in the modern study of religion. Contains a new translation of sections of The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, Durkheim's early reviews, articles, and extracts from books, presented chronologically. Includes early reviews of Durkheim's work by writers such as French sociologist Gaston Richard. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555409814
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/2/1994
  • Series: AAR Texts and Translations Series, #6
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

The translations
Introduction 1
1 Review. 'Herbert Spencer - Ecclesiastical Institutions' 13
2 Review. 'Guyau - L'Irreligion de l'avenir' 24
3 Suicide. Book II, chapter 2 39
4 'Individualism and the intellectuals' 59
5 'Concerning the definition of religious phenomena' 74
6 Note. 'Religious systems of primitive societies' I 100
7 The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life: the Totemic System in Australia. Introduction; Book I, chapter I, sections III and IV; Book II, chapter VII, sections I, II, IV and VI; Conclusion, sections I and II 102
8 Note. 'Religious systems of primitive societies' II 167
9 Review. 'Levy-Bruhl - Les Fonctions mentales dans les societes inferieures' and 'Durkheim - Les Formes elementaires de la vie religieuse' 169
10 Review with M. Mauss. 'Frazer - Totemism and Exogamy. Durkheim - Les Formes elementaires de la vie religieuse' 174
11 Contribution to discussion. 'Religious sentiment at the present time' 181
12 Moral Education. Introduction 190
Other authors
13 Review. 'Les Formes elementaires de la vie religieuse' 205
14 Review. 'Les Formes elementaires de la vie religieuse' 209
15 'Dogmatic atheism in the sociology of religion' 228
16 'Reflections on Durkheim and aboriginal religion' 277
Bibliography 1. Durkheim and religion 305
Bibliography 2. Durkheim and totemism 311
Bibliography 3. On Durkheim and religion 313
Abstracts. Durkheim and Religion 323
A note on the life of Gaston Richard and certain aspects of his work 343
Name index
Subject index
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