Epistemology and Practice: Durkheim's The Elementary Forms of Religious Life

ISBN: 9780521112369
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Edition: 1
Publication Date: 2009-06-04
Number of pages: 372
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Anne Warfield Rawls argues that, although Durkheim's The Elementary Forms of Religion is the crowning achievement of his sociological accomplishments, it has been consistently misunderstood. Rather than a work on primitive religion or the sociology of knowledge, Rawls asserts that Durkheim's analysis represents an attempt to establish a unique epistemological basis for the study of sociology and moral relations. Based on detailed analysis of the primary text, this book will be an important and original contribution to contemporary debates on social theory and philosophy.

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