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Author Riley, Alexander.

Title Godless intellectuals? : the intellectual pursuit of the sacred reinvented / Alexander Tristan Riley
Published New York : Berghahn Books, 2010


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Description x, 298 pages ; 24 cm
Summary "Alexander Riley's radically revisionist account throws down the gauntlet to the conventional wisdom of intellectual history. Riley offers a cultural sociology of intellectuals that explores the sacred narratives that motivate their life and work... original and compelling."├╣JEFFREY C. ALEXANDER, Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor, Yale University --
"Few have failed to recognize the return of the religious as a factor in social theory. None, so far, has more cogently explained the contributions of French social thought to the challenge of the Sacred in our day than Riley."├╣CHARLES LEMERT, author of Durkheim's Ghosts --
The Durkheimians have traditionally been understood as positivist, secular thinkers, fully within the Enlightenment project of limitless reason and progress. In a radical revision of this view, this book persuasively argues that the core members of the Durkheimian circle (Durkheim himself, Marcel Mauss, Henri Hubert and Robert Hertz) are significantly more complicated than this. Through his extensive analysis of large volumes of correspondence as well as historical and macro-sociological mappings of the intellectual and social worlds in which the Durkheimian project emerged, the author shows the Durkheimian project to have constituted a quasi-religious quest in ways much deeper than most interpreters have thought. Their fascination, both personal and intellectual, with the sacred is the basis on which the author reconstructs some important components of modern French intellectual history, connecting Durkheimian thought to key representatives of French poststructuralism and --
postmodernism: Bataille, Foucault, Derrida, Baudrillard, and Deleuze. --Book Jacket
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Durkheimian school of sociology.
Holy, The.
LC no. 2010006673
ISBN 184545670X
9781845456702 (hc : alk. paper)