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Description - Rethinking Durkheim and his Tradition by Warren Schmaus

This book offers a reassessment of the work of Emile Durkheim in the context of a French philosophical tradition that had seriously misinterpreted Kant by interpreting his theory of the categories as psychological faculties. Durkheim's sociological theory of the categories, as revealed by Warren Schmaus, is an attempt to provide an alternative way of understanding Kant. For Durkheim the categories are necessary conditions for human society. The concepts of causality, space and time underpin the moral rules and obligations that make society possible. A particularly interesting feature of this book is its transcendence of the distinction between intellectual and social history by placing Durkheim's work in the context of the French educational establishment of the Third Republic. It does this by subjecting student notes and philosophy textbooks to the same sort of critical analysis typically applied only to the classics of philosophy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521037952
ISBN-10: 0521037956
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 7mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Warren Schmaus

Warren Schmaus is Professor of Philosophy at the Illinois Institute of Technology.