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Durkheim and Representations : Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought - W. S. F. Pickering

Durkheim and Representations

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

By: W. S. F. Pickering (Editor)

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Published: 14th October 1999
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Durkheim's sociological thought is based on the premise that the world cannot be known as a thing in itself, but only through representations, rough approximations of the world created either individually or collectively. This set of papers by leading Durkheimians from Britain, America and continental Europe is the first concentrated attempt to understand what he meant by representations, how his understanding of the term was influenced by Kant and by neo-Kantians like Charles Renouvier and how his use of the concept in his work developed over time. By arguing that his use of representations at the the core of Durkheim's sociological thought, this book makes a unique contribution to Durkheimian studies which have recently been dominated by positivist and functionalist interpretations, and reveals a thinker very much in tune with contemporary developments in philosophy, linguistics and sociology.

"This is an outstanding book that every scholar of Durkheim, and of sociology, ought to read. W.S.F. Pickering has published and edited several studies on Durkheim's thinking and sociology, yet this present book is, in my opinion, the most remarkable because of its contribution to the perilous and seductive question of collective representations.." -Contemporary Sociology

List of contributors
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
The intellectual territoryp. 9
Representations as understood by Durkheim: an introductory sketchp. 11
Historical issuesp. 25
Representations in Durkheim's Sens lectures: an early approach to the subjectp. 27
Representation in Durkheim's masters: Kant and Renouvier: I: Representation, reality and the question of sciencep. 37
Representation in Durkheim's masters: Kant and Renouvier: II: Representation and logicp. 59
Specific issuesp. 81
A change in ideas: collective consciousness, morphology and collective representationsp. 83
What do representations represent? The issue of realityp. 98
Representation and belief: Durkheim's rationalism and the Kantian traditionp. 118
Evaluationp. 137
Meaning and representation in the social sciencesp. 139
Collective representations as social institutionsp. 157
Referencesp. 167
Indexp. 177
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ISBN: 9780415190909
ISBN-10: 0415190908
Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 14th October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.49 x 15.44  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1