Durkheim and Social Facts 
Durkheim and Social Facts
by Yale / Ivan Szelenyi
Video Lecture 25 of 25
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Date Added: June 30, 2011

Lecture Description

Durkheim understood life sciences as divided into three branches: biology, which is interested in the body, psychology, which deals with the personality, and sociology, which deals with collective representations. In The Rules of Sociological Method, Durkheim attempted to provide methodological rules and guidance for establishing social facts and how they are related to one another.

Reading assignment:
Durkheim, The Rules of Sociological Method, pp. 1-140.

Course Index

Course Description

This course provides an overview of major works of social thought from the beginning of the modern era through the 1920s. Attention is paid to social and intellectual contexts, conceptual frameworks and methods, and contributions to contemporary social analysis. Writers include Hobbes, Locke, Rou... (read more)

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