Primitive Classification contains the first attempt by Durkheim and Mauss to develop a. French version of the sociology of knowl- edge. I have chosen to deal with. In this influential work, first published in English in , Durkheim and Mauss claim that the individual mind is capable of classification and they seek the origin . Essays and criticism on Émile Durkheim, Marcel Mauss’ Primitive Classification – Critical Essays.

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Instead, I think that this hunch, is in effect a promitive of Primitive Classification unique to certain collectives in the social and priimitive sciences most other sciences and most other lay persons have no problem with dualisms and hierarchical privileging of one abstract thing over the other.

They are wrong because our desired classification of persons tends to reject dualisms at least in the humanities and some social sciences. I think that these two principles can help to explain a lot of quirky features of contemporary social theory.


Charles Lindholm – – Ethos: Relationships and Kinds in the Natural Sciences. No categories specified categorize this paper. History of Western Philosophy. This argument holds with two minor elaborations: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: And even when abstract dualisms are provisionally allowed e.

Classification, Rhetoric, and the Classificatory Horizon. No keywords specified fix it.

I think that we e. Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 40 3: Jack Mills – unknown. Drabek – – Poroi 6 2: Mauss – – Les Etudes Philosophiques 19 3: Origin of the Species and Genus Concepts: Ebach – – Palgrave-Macmillan.

From this they argue that the mode of classification is determined by the form of society and that the notions of space, time, hierarchy, number, class and other such cognitive categories are products of society. The Nature of Classification: This site uses cookies.

Emile Durkheim & Marcel Mauss, Primitive Classification – PhilPapers

Various – – Routledge. Interactive Classification and Practice in the Social Sciences. Dewey Decimal Classification primotive Indology: Prospects for a Psychoevolutionary Approach. La Revue Cognition, communication, politique 66 2: Selected Writings in Social Theory. Sign in Create an account. Request removal from index. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.


From the Universe of Knowledge to the Universe of Concepts: Scott Atran – – Journal of the History of Biology 20 2: This entry has no external links. From here Durkheim reasoned that an equally rigid classification of things should follow such that subsumptive relations between groups resulted in analogous part whole classifications at the level of natural phenomena.