Elementary Forms of the Religious Life

ISBN-10: 002908010X

ISBN-13: 9780029080108

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List price: $16.95
Publisher: Free Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 507
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.27" long
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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A Chronology of Emile Durkheim
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
A Definition of the Religious Phenomenon and of Religion
The Leading Conceptions of Elementary Religion: I. Animism
The Leading Conceptions of Elementary Religion: II. Naturism
Totemism as Elementary Religion: Historical Review of the Question, Method of Treating It
Central Totemic Beliefs: I. The Totem as Name and Emblem
Central Totemic Beliefs: II. The Totemic Animal and Man
Central Totemic Beliefs: III. The Cosmological System of Totemism and the Notion of Genus
Central Totemic Beliefs: IV. The Individual Totem and the Sexual Totem
The Origins of These Beliefs: I. A Critical Examination of the Theories
The Origins of These Beliefs: II. The Notion of the Totemic Principle or Mana, and the Idea of Force
The Origins of These Beliefs: III. The Genesis of the Notion of the Totemic Principle or Mana
The Notion of Soul
The Notion of Spirits and Gods
The Negative Cult and its Functions: Ascetic Rites
The Positive Cult: I. The Element of Sacrifice
The Positive Cult: II. Mimetic Rites and the Principle of Causality
The Positive Cult: III. Representative of Commemorative Rites
Piacular Rites and the Ambiguity of the Notion of the Sacred
Select List of Anthropologists and Ethnologists who Informed Durkheim's Work
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