Durkheim as a Teacher of Religion

Warren Schmaus

in Teaching Durkheim

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195165272
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784554 | DOI:

Series: AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series

 Durkheim as a Teacher of Religion

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This chapter traces the development of Durkheim's thinking about religion in terms of courses in philosophy, sociology, and education that deal with religious topics. Durkheim's sociological view about religion is interpreted as a natural outgrowth of the metaphysical views he expressed in his earliest teaching about religion as a lycée philosophy professor, and it is argued that it was through his teaching that he developed the sociology of religion of The Elementary Forms of Religious Life.

Keywords: philosophy; sociology; education; The Elementary Forms of Religious Life; lectures

Chapter.  18645 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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