Item #9144 The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life. Emile Durkheim, Joseph Ward Swain, Trans.
The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life

The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life

London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1964.

Hardcover. 8 3/4" X 6". xi, 456pp. Mild wear price-clipped dust jacket with toning and creasing to covers, corners, and edges. Bound in green cloth over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Gentle bumps to corners and to head and tail of spine. Bookplate from the Library of Rabbi Maurice S. Corson to front paste-down. Highlighting and inked notation to first 50 pages. Binding is sound.

In The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912), Emile Durkheim sets himself the task of discovering the enduring source of human social identity. He investigates what he considered to be the simplest form of documented religion - totemism among the Aborigines of Australia. For Durkheim, studying Aboriginal religion was a way "to yield an understanding of the religious nature of man, by showing us an essential and permanent aspect of humanity." The need and capacity of men and women to relate to one another socially lies at the heart of Durkheim's exploration, in which religion embodies the beliefs that shape our moral universe.(Publisher). Good / good. Item #9144

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