Reappraising Durkheim's "Elementary Forms of the Religious Life" in the Context of Schopenhauer's Philosophy

@inproceedings{Metrovi1989ReappraisingD,
  title={Reappraising Durkheim's "Elementary Forms of the Religious Life" in the Context of Schopenhauer's Philosophy},
  author={Stjepan g. Me{\vs}trovi{\'c}},
  year={1989}
}
Schopenhauer's philosophy is not generally invoked in Durkheimian scholarship, especially concerning his sociology of religion. Yet, it appears that Schopenhauer's philosophy supplanted Comte's positivism in France at the turn of the century, and that Durkheim was enamored with Schopenhauer's philosophy. Using Schopenhauer's opposition between the "will" and the "idea," this essay reevaluates Durkheim's argument in his Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, focusing on Durkheim's pessimism… CONTINUE READING