Carol on Durkheim

George Snedeker snedeker at
Tue Dec 26 09:13:29 MST 2000

my question about what would replace religion under socialism was poorly
stated. I meant what would replace the formation and maintenance of
collective identity and the role of the transcendental moral signifier that
Durkheim attributed to religion? it is not enough to say that relations
between people and between people and nature will be clear under socialism.
how will they get so clear. it is true that what we commonly call religion
is a limited historical phenomena.Old Emile tended to see it as a universal
problem.  I am not arguing that Durkheim was correct, only that the question
I drew from him is of interest.

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