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Common Interests and Debates Between Durkheim and Westermarck

  • Salla Tuomivaara
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Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)

Abstract

This chapter analyses the debates Durkheim and Westermarck had, their common interests and differences in their views regarding the sociological methods, human morality and evolutionary theory. Durkheim’s and Westermarck’s ideas about morals are linked to their different views on the evolutionary ideas: Westermarck’s emphasis on human–animal continuity and shared origins of morals and Durkheim’s viewpoint, which highlighted qualitative uniqueness of human social life and society.

Keywords

Evolution Morality Human-animal continuity Moral sociology Émile Durkheim Edward Westermarck History of sociology 

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