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Cinta de moebio

On-line version ISSN 0717-554X

Abstract

JIMENEZ, Juan. Usually in the right, usually badly read. The Rules of the Method of Durkheim. Cinta moebio [online]. 2020, n.68, pp.156-166. ISSN 0717-554X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/s0717-554x2020000200156.

The approach that Durkheim delineates in The Rules of Sociological Method is currently criticized: it is a conservative view that forgets the relevance of agents and it is a social sociology that only observes established order. However, an intensive reading of The Rules shows that their basic statements -about what is a social fact, that they should be treated as things, and that their explanation should be searched in other social facts- are correct one and they can integrate the correct elements argued by its critics. Behind the rejection to Durkheim there is the rejection to a radical statement in The Rules, one that is unbearable for us: that coercion is a natural part of social life.

Keywords : Durkheim; method rules; social facts; explanation; methodology.

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