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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.

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Past Conferences

William Watts Miller and Ronjon Paul Datta

Oxford 22 February 2003

Halifax, Nova Scotia 3 June 2003

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A Lost Lecture on Religion

W. S. F. Pickering and William Watts Miller

The Ecole des Hautes Etudes Sociales organized a course of lectures during the academic session 1912-13 entitled Le problème religieux dans la pensée contemporaine. The opening lecture, with the same title, was given by Dominique Parodi. Not long after the end of the course it was published in the July issue of the Revue de métaphysique et de morale, and a footnote lists the surnames of those who had also given lectures (Parodi 1913:511). Spelt out and grouped according to generation, the course's four senior contributors, in their sixties or mid- to late-fifties, were Emile Boutroux (b.1845), Emile Boirac (b.1851), Alfred Loisy (b.1857) and Emile Durkheim (b.1858). The nine younger contributors, all in their forties, were Georges Dumas (b.1866), Georges Dwelshauvers (b.1866), Wilfred Monod (b.1867), Léon Brunschvicg (b.1869), Félix Le Dantec (b.1869), Edouard Le Roy (b.1870), Dominique Parodi (b.1870) and Henri Delacroix (b.1873).

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W. S. F. Pickering and William Watts Miller

Jacqueline Redding has acted as the journal’s translation consultant ever since Durkheimian Studies / Etudes durkheimiennes published its first volume in a new series in 1995. She was formerly a lecturer in French in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and has given the editors great assistance in proof-reading texts in French, in checking up on and evaluating translations into English, and in taking part in debates about translating French words, such as délire, in vol. 5.

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A Lost Lecture on Honour

W. S. F. Pickering and William Watts Miller

A few weeks before Durkheim was recommended for the chair as mentioned above, he was billed to give a lecture entitled ‘Du Sentiment de l’honneur’ on 8 May 1906.1 It was one in a series of public evening lectures in Paris, organised by the Ecole de la Paix. The Ecole, was a private institution founded in 1905 by Horace Thivet, with the object of spreading pacifism. Among the advertised lecturers in the weekly series were Gustav Belot on ‘La Liberté’ and M. Izoulet on ‘L’Elite et la foule’. F. Buisson and D. Parodi also gave lectures in other years. The Ecole appears to have dissolved in 1912.

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Books Reviews

William Watts Miller, W. S. F. Pickering, and Nick Allen

Jacques Coenen-Huther. Comprendre Durkheim, Paris: Armand Colin, 2010, 220 pp.

I. Strenski (ed.) Émile Durkheim, Farnham: Ashgate, 2010, 550 pp. R. Cotterrell (ed.) Émile Durkheim: Justice, Morality and Politics, Farnham: Ashgate, 2010, 475 pp.

Mélèze. Marcel Mauss et son frère Henri, Lille: The Book Edition, 2010, 187 pp.

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Book Reviews

William Watts Miller, W. S. F. Pickering, Giovanni Paoletti, Massimo Rosati, Mike Hawkins, W. D. Halls, Jean de Lannoy, and Alexander T. Riley

Neil Gross and Robert Alun Jones (eds., trans.). Durkheim’s Philosophy Lectures: Notes from the Lycée de Sens Course, 1883-1884, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2004. pp. 339.

Massimo Borlandi and Giovanni Busino (eds.), ‘La sociologie durkheimienne: tradition et actualité. À Philippe Besnard, in memoriam’, Revue européenne des sciences sociales, XLII (129) 2004. pp.410.

Warren Schmaus. Rethinking Durkheim and His Tradition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2004. pp. 195.

Anne Warfield Rawls. Epistemology and Practice: Durkheim’s The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2005. pp. 355.

W. Schmaus, Rethinking Durkheim and His Tradition, and A. W. Rawls, Epistemology and Practice. Durkheim’s The Elementary Forms of Religious Life.

Jonathan S. Fish. Defending the Durkheimian Tradition: Religion, Emotion and Morality, Aldershot: Ashgate. 2005. pp. 207.

E. Dubreucq. Une éducation républicaine. Marion, Buisson, Durkheim, Paris: Vrin. 2004. pp. 236.

Annette Becker. Maurice Halbwachs. Un intellectuel en guerres mondiales, 1914-1945. Paris: Agnès Viénot. 2003. pp. 478.

Jeffrey Alexander. The Meanings of Social Life, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. 2003. pp. 296.

Randall Collins. Interaction Ritual Chains, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press. 2004. pp. 464.

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N. J. Allen, Roger Cotterell, Mike Hawkins, Jean-Christophe Marcel, Jennifer Mergy, David Moss, Robert Parkin, W. S. F. Pickering, Massimo Rosati, Sue Stedman Jones, and William Watts Miller

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Louise Child, Ronjon Paul Datta, Mike Gane, Timothy Jenkins, Jean-Christophe Marcel, David Moss, W. S. F. Pickering, William Ramp, Derek Robbins, Raymond de la Rocha Mille, Anne de Sales, Sue Stedman Jones, and William Watts Miller

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