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  • Author(s) Marcel Fournier
  • SubtitleA Biography
  • Edition1
  • Published7th December 2012
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN9780745646459

A Biography

This book will become the standard work on the life and thought
of Émile Durkheim, one of the great founding fathers of
sociology. Durkheim remains one of the most widely read thinkers in
the social sciences and every student of sociology, anthropology
and related subjects must study his now-classic books. He brought
about a revolution in the social sciences: the defence of the
autonomy of sociology as a science, the systematic elaboration of
rules and methods for studying the social, the condemnation of
racial theories, the critique of Eurocentrism and the
rehabilitation of the humanity of ?the primitive?. He
defended the dignity of the individual, the freedom of the press,
democratic institutions and the essential liberal values of
tolerance and pluralism. At the same time he was critical of
laisser-faire economics and he defended the values of solidarity
and community life. In many ways, Durkheim?s rich
intellectual heritage has become part of the self-understanding of
our time. 


Despite his enormous influence, the last major biography of
Durkheim appeared more than 30 years ago. Since then, the opening
up of archives and the discovery of manuscripts, correspondence
with friends and close collaborators, administrative reports and
notes taken by students have all provided a wealth of new material
about his life and work. Meticulously documented, Marcel
Fournier?s new biography sheds fresh light on
Durkheim?s personality and character, his relationship with
Judaism, his family life, his relations with friends and
collaborators, his political and administrative responsibilities
and his political views.


This book will be indispensable to students and scholars
throughout the social sciences and will appeal to a wide readership
interested in knowing more about the life and work of one of the
most original and influential thinkers of the twentieth
century.

Émile Durkheim

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  • Author(s) Marcel Fournier
  • SubtitleA Biography
  • Edition1
  • Published7th December 2012
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN9780745646459

A Biography

This book will become the standard work on the life and thought
of Émile Durkheim, one of the great founding fathers of
sociology. Durkheim remains one of the most widely read thinkers in
the social sciences and every student of sociology, anthropology
and related subjects must study his now-classic books. He brought
about a revolution in the social sciences: the defence of the
autonomy of sociology as a science, the systematic elaboration of
rules and methods for studying the social, the condemnation of
racial theories, the critique of Eurocentrism and the
rehabilitation of the humanity of ?the primitive?. He
defended the dignity of the individual, the freedom of the press,
democratic institutions and the essential liberal values of
tolerance and pluralism. At the same time he was critical of
laisser-faire economics and he defended the values of solidarity
and community life. In many ways, Durkheim?s rich
intellectual heritage has become part of the self-understanding of
our time. 


Despite his enormous influence, the last major biography of
Durkheim appeared more than 30 years ago. Since then, the opening
up of archives and the discovery of manuscripts, correspondence
with friends and close collaborators, administrative reports and
notes taken by students have all provided a wealth of new material
about his life and work. Meticulously documented, Marcel
Fournier?s new biography sheds fresh light on
Durkheim?s personality and character, his relationship with
Judaism, his family life, his relations with friends and
collaborators, his political and administrative responsibilities
and his political views.


This book will be indispensable to students and scholars
throughout the social sciences and will appeal to a wide readership
interested in knowing more about the life and work of one of the
most original and influential thinkers of the twentieth
century.

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