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The ‘Revelation’ in Durkheim's Sociology of Religion

A Moment of Creative Evolution?

William Watts Miller

revelation’. However, he said this in a letter over a decade later ( Durkheim 1907a: 404 ), and, apart from the issue of a recollection's accuracy so long afterwards, it is problematic in two main ways. It is very brief and leaves open the question, not only

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Il faut traiter les faits religieux comme des choses

Matthieu Béra

vie sociale. C'est en cette année que, pour la première fois, je trouvai le moyen d'aborder sociologiquement l'étude de la religion. Ce fut pour moi une révélation. Ce cours de 1895 marque une ligne de démarcation dans le développement de ma pensée, si

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‘La justice est pleine de charité’, ou la ‘révélation’ d'Émile Durkheim vue par Gaston Richard

Cécile Rol

. L'ami qui naguère encore se ‘professait durkheimien’ devenait le ‘renégat’ prêt à se lancer pour le restant de sa vie en croisade contre l'athéisme dogmatique de la sociologie durkheimienne, une croisade dont son témoignage au sujet de la ‘révélation

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De L'éclaircissement sur le sacrifice de Joseph de Maistre à la ‘révélation’ de Durkheim

Flavien Bertran de Balanda and Matthieu Béra

séminaire sur la révélation de Durkheim. 1 Sa clarté littéraire a rendu possible sa transformation en article, sans modification majeure. Nous y adjoignons cette courte introduction pour réinsérer ce travail dans son contexte d'énonciation. 2 L

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David, Émile

Les ambivalences de l’identité juive de Durkheim

Matthieu Béra

This is based on research that has discovered crucial, hitherto unknown biographical information. First, I review the theories of authors who helped to generate the whole 'affair' of Durkheim's two pre-names, most often in seeing it as a way to interrogate his relation with Judaism. Next, I discuss how the issue comes with elements that are incomplete or inexact. It is then to present new evidence of Durkheim's ambivalence and changing attitude towards his first, identifiably Jewish pre-name. The census records during his time at Bordeaux show that he registered himself as 'David' in 1891 and 1896, but abandoned this and switched to 'Émile' in 1901. Accordingly, I examine possible interpretations of the change, in terms of the political context of the Dreyfus Affair, events in his family life, his institutional position, his growing reputation, and a programme of research in which he resolved on a scientific treatment of religion.

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Of migrant revelations and anthropological awakenings

Valentina Napolitano

This article analyses how otherness and a politics of affect emerge from the presence of a new Latino migration to Rome, Italy. Looking at processes around Catholic evangelisation and plural migrant itineraries, the paper argues that different and contradictory forces such as narratives of centrality and periphery are mirrored in the presence and history of the Sacred Heart. Exploring and counterposing de Certeau's ideas on migrations and mystics, and the urban as a space of enunciation, I suggest that we should explore a modality of ethnography that combines and mirrors revelatory and analytical apprehensions of the world.

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The Politics of Conviction

Faith on the Neo-liberal Frontier

Jean Comaroff

What, if anything, is distinctive about the Pentecostal revival that is currently palpable in many parts of the world? How might such revitalization be related to larger transformations in economy and society, and to enduring Weberian questions about the spirit of capitalism? Drawing largely on material from the US and Africa, this article explores three dimensions of contemporary theologico-politics—the sociological, the ontological, and the cultural—to examine the ways in which current religious emphasis on realism and rapture in many quarters might differ from apocalypse past, and how theocratic tendencies might be linked to shifts in the nature of the state, the shape of the secular, and the axioms of liberal humanism. How have the mass media played into this, and why are they such uncannily apt vehicles for a late-modern culture of the miraculous?

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The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable

Commission for Religious Relationships with the Jews

Henry Wansbrough

: ‘the Jewish religion is not extrinsic to us but in a certain way intrinsic to our own religion’ (#20). Revelation in History as ‘Word of God’ in Judaism and Christianity After what precedes, I find that this section about the development of

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La typologie des crimes de Durkheim dans ses Leçons de sociologie criminelle (1892–1893)

Matthieu Béra

–1894) qui venait juste avant le fameux cours sur les religions de 1894–1895, cours dit de la « révélation ». Cet article se focalisera sur la quatrième et dernière partie des Leçons de sociologie criminelle (nommées Leçons à partir de maintenant), la

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The Bunker and the Desert

On the Motif of the Cube-panel in Inside Mœbius

Renaud Chavanne

-representation, emphasised by the title of the six-volume series, Inside Mœbius , immediately suggests some form of self-revelation, an opportunity for the reader to enter into the artist's inner life through a work of intimate exposure. However, this supposition is a