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Epistemology and Practice : Durkheim's The Elementary Forms of Religious Life - Anne Warfield Rawls

Epistemology and Practice

Durkheim's The Elementary Forms of Religious Life

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2005
ISBN: 9780521651455
Number Of Pages: 372

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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.

Durkheim's outline of the argument in the introductory chapter
Durkheim's dualism: an anti-Kantian, anti-rationalist position
Sacred and Profane: the first classification
Totemism and the problem of individualism
The origin of moral force
The primacy of rites in the origin of causality
Imitative rites and the category of causality
The category of causality
Logic, language and science
Durkheim's conclusion: logical argument for the categories
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ISBN: 9780521651455
ISBN-10: 052165145X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 1st February 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.72