Elementary Forms of Religious Life by Emile Durkheim
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Elementary Forms of Religious Life
By Emile Durkheim

The Elementary Forms of Religious Life

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Elementary Forms of Religious Life by Emile Durkheim

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'If religion generated everything that is essential in society, this is because the idea of society is the soul of religion.' In The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912), Emile Durkheim set himself the task of discovering the enduring source of human social identity. He investigated what he considered to be the simplest form of documented religion - totemism among the Aborigines of Australia. Aboriginal religion was an avenue 'to yield an understanding of the religious nature of man, by showing us an essential and permanent aspect of humanity'. The need and capacity of men and women to relate socially lies at the heart of Durkheim's exploration, in which religion embodies the beliefs that shape our moral universe. The Elementary Forms has been applauded and debated by sociologists, anthropologists, ethnographers, philosophers, and theologians, and continues to speak to new generations about the origin and nature of religion and society. This new, lightly abridged edition provides an excellent introduction to Durkheim's ideas. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199540129
ISBN-10: 0199540128
Format: Paperback
(200mm x 130mm x 20mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 17-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Durkheim: The Rules of Sociological Method by Emile Durkheim Durkheim: The Rules of Sociological Method, Hardback (October 2013)

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Durkheim's Philosophy Lectures by Emile Durkheim Durkheim's Philosophy Lectures, Paperback (March 2011)

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Author Biography - Emile Durkheim

Carol Cosman has translated works by Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Balzac and Yasmina Reza Mark Cladis is the author of A Communitarian Defense of Liberalim: Emile Durkheim and Contemporary Social Theory (Stanford, 1992) and editor of Durkheim and Foucault: Perspectives on Education and Punishment (1999).

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