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Durkheim's Philosophy Lectures
Notes from the Lycée de Sens Course, 1883–1884

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  • Date Published: July 2006
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  • Moving back and forth between the history of philosophy and the contributions of philosophers in his own day, Durkheim takes up topics as diverse as philosophical psychology, logic, ethics, and metaphysics, and seeks to articulate a unified philosophical position. Remarkably, in these lectures, given more than a decade before the publication of his groundbreaking book, The Division of Labour in Society (1893), the 'social realism' that is so characteristic of his later work - where he insists, famously, that social facts cannot be reduced to psychological or economic ones, and that such facts constrain human action in important ways - is totally absent in these early lectures. For this reason, they will be of special interest to students of the history of the social sciences, for they shed important light on the course of Durkheim's intellectual development.

    • Complete account of Durkheim's assessment of most major figures in the Western philosophical tradition
    • The key to understanding when Durkheim began to develop his characteristic 'social realist' vocabulary
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    • Date Published: July 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511207891
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword
    Translator's note
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Part I. Preliminary Matters:
    1. The object and method of philosophy
    2. The object and method of philosophy (conclusion)
    3. Science and philosophy
    4. The divisions of philosophy
    Part II. Psychology:
    5. The object and method of psychology
    6. Faculties of the soul
    7. On pleasure and pain
    8. The inclinations
    9. The emotions and passions
    10. Theory of knowledge
    11. External perception and its conditions. The senses
    12. External perception. The origin of the idea of externality
    13. External perception. On the objectivity of the idea of externality. (1) Does the external world exist?
    14. External perception. On the objectivity of the idea of externality. (2) On the nature of the external world
    15. Consciousness. On the conditions of consciousness
    16. Consciousness. On the origin of the idea of the self
    17. Consciousness. On the nature of the self
    18. Reason. The definition of reason
    19. Reason. The material of reason. (1) Principles
    20. Reason. The material of reason. (2) Rational or first ideas
    21. Reason. Empiricism
    22. Reason. Evolutionism. The theory of heredity
    23. Reason. On the objectivity of rational principles
    24. Faculties of conception. On the association of ideas
    25. Faculties of conception. Memory
    26. Faculties of conception. Imagination
    27. Faculties of conception. Sleep. Dreams. Madness
    28. Complex operations of the mind. Attention. Comparison. Abstraction
    29. Complex operations of the mind. Generalization. Judgment. Reasoning
    30. The object and method of aesthetics
    31. What is beauty
    32. Prettiness and the sublime. Art
    33. On activity in general. Instinct
    34. Habit
    35. On the will and on freedom
    36. On freedom (continued). Psychological determinism
    37. On freedom (conclusion). Scientific determinism. Theological fatalism. Part III. Logic:
    38. Introduction. On logic
    39. On truth. On certainty
    40. On certainty (conclusion)
    41. On false certainty of error
    42. Skepticism
    43. Ideas. Terms. Judgments. Propositions
    44. Definition
    45. On the syllogism
    46. On induction
    47. Fallacies
    48. On method
    49. Method in the mathematical sciences
    50. The methodology of the physical sciences
    51. Method in the natural sciences
    52. Method in the moral sciences
    53. Method in the historical sciences
    54. Language
    Part IV. Ethics:
    55. Definition and divisions of ethics
    56. On moral responsibility
    57. On moral law. The history of Utilitarianism
    58. Critique of Utilitarianism. The morality of sentiment
    59. The morality of Kant
    60. The moral law
    61. On duty and the good. On virtue. Rights
    62A. Division of practical ethics
    62B. Individual morality
    63. Domestic ethics
    64. Civic ethics
    65. General duties of social life
    66. General duties of social life. (1) The duty of justice
    67. General duties of social life. (2) Charity
    68. Summary of ethics
    Part V. Metaphysics:
    69. Metaphysics. Preliminary considerations
    70. On the soul and its existence
    71. On the spirituality of the soul (conclusion). On materialism
    72. The relationship between the soul and the body
    73. On the immortality of the soul
    74. On God. Metaphysical proofs of his existence
    75. Critique of metaphysical proofs of the existence of God
    76. Explanation and critique of the physiotheological proof
    77. Critique of the physiotheological proof (conclusion). Moral proofs and the existence of God
    78. The nature and attributes of God
    79. The relationship between God and the world. Dualism, pantheism, and creation
    80. The relationship between God and the world (conclusion). Providence, evil, optimism, and pessimism
    Appendix: biographical glossary
    Index.

  • Author

    Emile Durkheim

    Editors and translators

    Neil Gross, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    Robert Alun Jones, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Foreword

    Hans Joas

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