First published in English in 1953, this volume represents a collection of three essays written by seminal sociologist and philsopher Emile Durkheim in which he puts forward the thesis that society is both a dynamic system and the seat of moral life. Each essay stands alone, but their connecting thread is the dialectic demonstration that a phenomenon, be a sociological or psychological one, is relatively independent of its matrix.
The essays provide a valuable insight into Durkeheimian thought on sociological and philsophical matters and offer an excellent guide to Durkheim for students of both disciplines.
Part 1: Individual and Collective Representations Part 2: The Determination of Moral Facts Part 3: Replies to Objections 1. The Condition of Society and the Condition of Social Opinion 2. Individual Reason and Moral Reality 3. The Feeling of Obligation 4. The Moral Authority of the Collective 5. Philosophy and Moral Facts 6. The Subjective Representation of Morality Part 4: Value Judgements and Judgements of Reality