Three Faces of God

Three Faces of God

Society, Religion, and the Categories of Totality in the Philosophy of Emile Durkheim

eBook - 1999
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Univ of New York Press
A fresh interpretation of the work of Emile Durkheim, which argues that in addition to being a pioneer in sociological theory and research, Durkheim was also a major social philosopher concerned with religion, metaphysics, and knowledge.

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Offering a new interpretation of Durkheim's social philosophy, Nielsen (sociology, State U. of New York-Oneonta) challenges the prevailing view of him as a scientific sociologist who identified sociology primarily with the study of collective representations, and argues that he developed a theory of society, religion, and the categories of knowing akin to Spinoza's monist philosophy. From a close textual reading of Durkheim's major and minor writings in English and the original French (quotes are bilingual), his thought is reconstructed in the context of the encounter between traditional religious ideals (particularly Judaism's) and modern science and philosophy; comparisons are made between his work and that of Aristotle, Bacon, Kant, and Renouvier. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1999
ISBN: 9780585060156
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 268 pages)


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