This book proposes a new representation of Emile Durkheim, as the philosopher and moralist who wanted to renovate rationalism, challenge positivism, reform sociology, and extend Schopenhauer's philosophy to the new domain of sociology. Above all, it highlights Durkheim's vision of sociology as the 'science of morality' that would eventually replace moralities based on religion.
Much has been written about sociology's intellectual crisis, but few promising solutions have been offered. Mestrovic nominates Durkheim as the perfect 'totem' to achieve a contemporary reconciliation of the conceptual gap characterizing modern sociology. . . . For the serious Durkheim scholar, this work is a treasure trove.--Contemporary Sociology