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Homo Duplex

Barry Glassner, 5 May 1983

Positivism and Sociology: Explaining Social Life 
by Peter Halfpenny.
Allen and Unwin, 141 pp., £10.95, October 1982, 0 04 300084 3
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The Rules of Sociological Method and Selected Texts on Sociology and its Method 
by Emile Durkheim and Steven Lukes, translated by W.D. Halls.
Macmillan, 264 pp., £15, November 1982, 0 333 28071 7
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The Sociological Domain: The Durkheimians and the Founding of French Sociology 
edited by Philippe Besnard.
Cambridge, 296 pp., £24, March 1983, 0 521 23876 5
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Durkheim and the Study of Suicide 
by Steve Taylor.
Macmillan, 249 pp., £15, July 1982, 0 333 28645 6
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... therefore provides an acid test for the current reading of Durkheim. Through his translation, W.D. Halls has presented us with a Durkheim who is much less dogmatic and positivistic than that of the previous (1938) translation, and a relaxed and flowing syntax delivers Durkheim as an accomplished writer. Consider a passage in the earlier edition on the ...

Gaul’s Seven Parts

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, 3 December 1981

The Youth of Vichy France 
by W.D. Halls.
Oxford, 492 pp., £20, May 1981, 0 19 822577 6
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... Halls’s book opens with a Wagnerian vision of the 1940 defeat. ‘Ignominious’, says the English historian, who is usually more cautious in his moral judgments. I should like to point out to my eminent colleague that, had it not been for the Channel, the ignominy might well have extended as far as Scotland. But let that pass ...

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