A single resource containing all three of W.S.F. Pickering's classic guides to the thought and writings of the great French sociologist Émile Durkheim.
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Published: February 2014
This invaluable resource contains all three reprinted volumes by W.S.F. Pickering, exploring the thought and writings of the great French sociologist Émile Durkheim: Durkheim's Sociology of Religion: Themes and Theories, Durkheim: Essays on Morals and Education and Durkheim on Religion: A Selection of Readings with Bibliographies and Introductory Remarks.
Durkheim's Sociology of Religion: Themes and Theories explains Durkheim's views on religion as no other previous volume has done, using the whole corpus of his writings. Dr Pickering shows how Durkheim's position developed and explains the themes and theories that run through Durkheim's work. This includes Durkheim's attitude towards secularisation and Christian churches, as well as his notion of the contemporary cult of the individual.
Durkheim: Essays on Morals and Education brings together many of Durkheim's writings on the subjects, translated into English for the first time. A wide selection of articles, reviews and discussions has been included for translation in this book, covering subjects, in morals, defining morals, the science of morality, moral facts, relativism, the relation of science to morality; and in education, problems of definition, childhood, sex education, Rousseau's Émile, teaching secular morality and the effectiveness of moral doctrines. The book also includes an introduction to each of the two sections, as well as extensive bibliographies.
Durkheim on Religion is a selection of readings from Durkheim's writings on religion, presented in order of original publication, ranging from early reviews to articles and extracts from his books. Also included are detailed bibliographies and abstracts together with contributions by such writers as Van Gennep, Goldenweiser and Stanner.
This collection will be invaluable to those studying sociology and anthropology, but will also be of interest to those studying the history or philosophy of religion, as well as to anyone with an interest in Durkheim and his intellectual legacy.
Please see individual volumes for full lists of contents.
From Durkheim's Sociology of Religion
From Durkheim: Essays on Morals and Education
From Durkheim on Religion
The Revd Dr William S.F. Pickering has been an Anglican priest since 1950, and for twenty years was a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is currently the General Secretary of the British Centre for Durkheimian Studies, which he helped to found in 1991. It is based in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University.
He has written and edited a number of books on Durkheim and his followers, as well as many articles. Among his other publications are Sociology and Theology: Alliance and Conflict (Harvester Press, 1980), A Social History of the Diocese of Newcastle 1882–1982 (Oriel Press, 1981), The Hutterites (Ward Lock Educational, 1982) and Anglo-Catholicism: A Study in Religious Ambiguity, which has also been reprinted by James Clarke and Co Ltd.
For Durkheim's Sociology of Religion
Although the author excuses himself for not having covered certain aspects of the subject, this book of great erudition is the summation of all that one can know – or almost know – of Durkheim's sociology of religion. F.A. Isambert, in Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions
An excellent guide to Durkheim's priorities. John Griffiths, in The Tablet
Fair, circumspect, clear and exceptionally readable. Anthony J. Blasi, in Sociological Analysis
The book represents a comprehensive analysis of Durkheim's sociology of religion, which makes it a must-read for scholars and students of sociology and sociology of religion. Margarita Simon Guillory, in Religious Studies Review, Vol 38, No 3
Durkheim's works inspired by the scientific canons of sociological methodology, laid the foundation for the understanding of the multiple influences of community and society on individual behaviour and practices. Thus, it is understandable why it is exceptionally difficult to concentrate such a great legacy in a single study, which makes Dr Pickering's work considerably consistent and unique. Ramona Hosu, in Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, Vol 9, Issue 25
For Durkheim: Essays on Morals and Education
The substantial introductions and notes by the editor William Pickering bring an indispensable amount of contextualization and precision ... Sociologists and completists in the history of sociology will find here many obscure textes which are not without merit. Yves Laberge, in Reviews in Religion & Theology, Vol 21, Issue 4,
W.S.F. Pickering has made available to the English speaking-world Emile Durkheim's works in Morals and Education ... The structure of Pickering's book is of great value for research on Durkheim as well as moral philosophy and philosophy of education. David Bellusci OP, in Science et Esprit, Vol 66, Issue 3