Bernard T. Harrison

Nature Bent

Durkheim: Essays on Morals and Education

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This book brings together translations of essays, reviews and other items by the pioneer French sociologist Emile Durkheim (1858-1917), together with two substantial introductory essays by William Pickering on Durkheim’s contributions to thought on ‘morals’ and ‘education’. On the face of it, the price of the book makes it hardly likely to attract any but librarians and the keenest devotees of Durkheim; but Pickering’s linking essays help to make the book a worthwhile buy, in giving an effective shape and unity to a collection. of writings which are on the whole a series of obiter scripta, rather than linked by much continuity of argument.

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