Durkheim: Essays on Morals and Education

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Emile Durkheim, whose writings still exert a great influence over sociological thought, has often been called the father of the sociology of education. He lectured extensively on the subject, and was convinced of its necessary place in social theory. But his work cannot be fully understood unless it is realised that he had an over-riding concern for morals. He saw the relationship between morals and education as almost that of theory to practice, yet he never wrote a systematic work on the subject of morals, although for some time he had planned such a book and managed just before he died in 1917 to write the opening introduction. "Durkheim: Essays on Morals and Education" brings together many items translated into English for the first time. A wide selection of articles, reviews and discussions has been included for translation, covering a variety of subjects. The first section, on morals, includes: defining morals, the science of morality, moral facts, relativism, the relation of science to morality. The second section, on education, takes the reader through the problems of definition, childhood, sex education, Rousseau's "Emile", teaching secular morality and the effectiveness of moral doctrines. There is also an introduction to each of the two sections, as well as bibliographies, which deal with Durkheim's own works on morals and education, together with those covering references to his writings on those subjects written by others. Dr William S.F. Pickering was for twenty years 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 including "Durkheim on Religion", "Durkheim's Sociology of Religion" and "Anglo-Catholicism: A Study in Religious Ambiguity", published by James Clarke and Co. He was ordained for the Church of England in 1950 and has been an Anglican priest since 1951.


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Author(s) - Emile/ W.S.F. Durkheim/ Pickering (editor) | Emile/ W.S.F. Durkheim/ Pickering editor


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ISBN - 9780227174210

Dimensions - 21.6 x 13.8 x 1.2 cm

Page Count - 230

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