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Rethinking Durkheim and his Tradition (Hardback)
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Rethinking Durkheim and his Tradition (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 21/06/2004
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521838160
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


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'With its wealth of research but also critical ideas and arguments, it makes an important and original contribution both to scholarship and ongoing debate in the area. For it is not just a history of ideas. It centres around the Durkheimian tradition, while ranging well beyond this, to offer a sort of critical narrative of the past, present, and possible future career of 'the categories'. A bonus ... is its plain style of writing and avoidance of obscurantism.' William Watts Miller, University of Bristol
"Warren Schmaus has offered a compelling and sophisticated reinterpretation of Emile Durkheim's sociology of knowledge in the context of the eclectic spiritualist philosophical tradition dominant during the Third French Republic." Walt Bower, University of Kentucky, Journal of the History of Philosophy
"Schmaus has accomplished a considerable feat. He has made an important contribution to the history of Kantian thought, demonstrating that the most persuasive accounts of his thought are out of sync, as it were, with his historical reception. Through a close study of often neglected French philosophers, Schmaus has explained the centrality of the derivation of causality from willed effort to nineteenth-century French thought, and presented convincing evidence that this tradition shaped Durkheim's view of the categories in The Elementary Forms. He also offers a thoughtful critique of social constructionism. Schmaus's work should remind intellectual historians of all that they have to learn from philosophers--especially those, like Schmaus, who grapple with history." - Michael C. Behrent, Denison University, H-NET

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