The Antinomies of Classical Thought: Marx and Durkheim (Theoretical Logic in Sociology)
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The Antinomies of Classical Thought: Marx and Durkheim (Theoretical Logic in Sociology)

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This volume challenges prevailing understanding of the two great founders of sociological thought. In a detailed and systematic way the author demonstrates how Marx and Durkheim gradually developed the fundamental frameworks for sociological materialism and idealism. While most recent interpreters of Marx have placed alienation and subjectivity at the centre of his work, Professor Alexander suggests that it was the later Marx s very emphasis on alienation that allowed him to avoid conceptualizing subjectivity altogether. In Durkheim s case, by contrast, the author argues that such objectivist theorizing informed the early work alone, and he demonstrates that in his later writings Durkheim elaborated an idealist theory that used religious life as an analytical model for studying the institutions of secular society. "show more

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  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 155.96 x 233.93 x 39mm | 886g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138997668
  • 9781138997660

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Table of contents

Preface. 1. Prolegomena: General Theoretical Argument as Interpretation: The Critical Role of âReadingsâ Part 1: Collective Order and the Ambiguity about Action 2. Marxâs First Phase (1): From Moral Criticism to External Necessity 3. Marxâs First Phase (2): The Attack on Moral Criticism and the Origins of a Historical Materialism 4. Durkheimâs First Phase (1): The Ambiguous Transition from Voluntary Morality to Morality as External Constraint 5. Durkheimâs First Phase (2): The Division of Labor in Society as the Attempt to Reconcile Instrumental order with Freedom Part 2: Two Different Paths to Collective Order 6. Marxâs Later Writings: The Elegant Apotheosis of Instrumental Control 7. Durkheimâs Later Writings (1): The Transition to Morality as a Spiritual Force 8. Durkheimâs Later Writings (2): The Religious Model and the Idealist Theory of Society Part 3: One-Dimensional Theory and Its Discontents 9. Equivocation and Revision in the Classical Theory of Sociological Idealism: Durkheim and âDurkheimianismâ 10. Equivocation and Revision in the Classical Theory of Sociological Materialism: Marx and âMarxismâ. Notes. Works of Marx and Durkheim. Indices.show more