"This is a very important book on the found of modern sociology, one which no serious student of our discipline should miss. . . . What makes this impressive work of scholarship so worthwhile is its thoroughness and objectivity."
Edward A. Tiryakian
,American Journal of Sociology
"Luke's book is a major contribution, both as what will clearly be the standard work on Durkheim for a long time and as an approach to all those urgent contemporary questions which we cannot even formulate without confronting Durkheim's thought."
,The New York Review of Books
"Lukes has set an altogether new standard of illuminating and intelligent scholarship in the whole field of the history of ideas which will be hard indeed to emulate, but for which anyone seriously concerned with sociological thought in the future will be profoundly grateful."
Times Literary Supplement