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Editorial

On the shelves labelled ‘Just published and shortly to be remaindered’, customers of ‘all the best bookstores’ will perhaps notice a volume by Mr Clive James entitled Cultural Memories: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts. Indeed, it would be hard not to notice this 876 page monument to its author’s verbosity. US readers will perhaps not recognise the name of this television critic turned Conscience of the Twentieth Century, but UK readers will be long familiar with his inimitable brand of soft right-wing bombast masquerading as common sense and delivered with ponderous wit.

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Notice Board

The Notice Board seeks to publicise all matters relating to Sartre scholarship, including publications, higher degrees (in progress or completed), seminars and conference papers. We are also pleased to publish conference reports and news from Sartre societies.

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Durkheim's Contribution to the Debate on the Separation of Church and State in 1905

W. S. F. Pickering

This is the first English translation of Durkheim's contribution to an important debate on the separation of church and state (1905) - in the course of which he remarked, to an outburst from those present, that 'From a sociological point of view, the Church is a monstrosity'. The translation comes with an introduction and editorial notes by W. S. F. Pickering, explaining the background to the debate, identifying the participants, and recommending some of the many books and articles on the issue.

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A Note on Durkheim's Creation of Les Formes Élémentaires

William Watts Miller

It is just a basic point that a help with understanding a work is to understand something about the process of its creation. In the case of Les formes élémentaires, it is evident from the lecture-course reading like a first draft of the work, and begun in 1906 (1907f), that the project started life as a concern, above all, with the study of early elementary religion. But even here, the logic of Durkheim’s argument – especially in his critique of animist and naturist theories of early religion – required him to make claims about basic elemental characteristics of all religion. And it is evident from correspondence of 1908, as well as from an article he started to write the same year and got published the following year (1909d), that the project had converted into a concern, above all, with a way to get at and understand basic continuing elemental forms of all religion.

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Notes on contributors

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Editorial

Welcome back to the first regular issue of SSI after the Sartrefest of 2005. The centenary of Sartre’s birth was marked not only by the ‘official’ celebrations of his life and work in Paris – notably at the BNF –, but by so many colloquia in all corners of the globe that many of us finished the year suffering from conference fatigue! The debate, especially in the French press, over Sartre’s legacy was proof enough – if any were needed – of Sartre’s continuing capacity to arouse controversy from beyond the grave.

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Notice Board

The Notice Board seeks to publicise all matters relating to Sartre scholarship, but more specifically higher degrees (in progress or completed), seminars and conference papers. We are also pleased to publish conference reports and news from Sartre societies. Another important feature of the Notice Board is its record of publications.

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Contributors

Irène Eulriet, W. D. Halls, Mike Hawkins, Jean-Louis Fabiani, Jean de Lannoy, Giovanni Paoletti, W. S. F. Pickering, Romain Pudal, Ilkka Pyysiäinen, Alexander T. Riley, Massimo Rosati, and W. Watts Miller

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'The Dualism of Human Nature' Translators' Note

Irène Eulriet and William Watts Miller

‘The Dualism of Human Nature’ was made available some time ago in English, and this undoubtedly helped to stimulate the mass of commentary that has grown around the essay and made it well-known. But it is time to replace the old translation, since it is so inadequate and fault-ridden. For example, it involves a systematic impulse to change a Durkheimian collective noun such as our will into English individualized plurals, such as ‘our wills’. Or it often cuts things out. Thus it eliminates Durkheim’s key talk of creative effervescence, which merely becomes ‘creativity’. An opposite tendency is to add things in.