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The Durkheim / Weber ‘unawareness puzzle’

Steven Seidman

European Journal of Sociology / Volume 18 / Issue 02 / December 1977, pp 356 - 356


DOI: 10.1017/S0003975600003271, Published online: 28 July 2009

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STEVEN SEIDMAN

T H E D U R K H E I M / W E B E R 'U N A W A R I N E S S PUZZLE'

IN HIS ARTICLE* Professor Edward Tiryakian points to the


following curious fact: 'I have not been able to find in any of Durk-
heim's writings any reference to Max Weber and vice-versa'.
I should merely like to report on two citations of Durkheim by We-
ber. Both citations are to be found in the German edition of Weber's
General Economic History (i). On page 8, note 2, Weber cites Durk-
heim's De la division du travail social (Paris 1893). On page 52, note 1,
Weber cites Durkheim's Les formes elementaires de la vie religieuse
(Paris 1912). The reason these citations fail to appear in the English
translation is that Dr. Frank Knight, the translator, omitted the 'Be-
grifflich Vorbemerkung' (conceptual remarks) as well as the footnotes
therein. In addition, other footnotes which refer to the body of the
text have either been omitted or condensed in a somewhat arbitrary
fashion. Consequently, Weber's two citations of Durkheim fail to
appear in the English edition.
The text as well as the footnotes of Wirtschaftsgeschichte are a product
of the lecture notes put together by his students and edited by S. Hell-
mann and M. Palyi. In the preface—which is reprinted in the English
edition—the editors stipulate that their contribution to the finished
text was 'only a linguistically conservative mission'. This would
lead one to the conclusion that the Durkheim citations were derived
from Weber's lectures and not interpolated after Weber's death.

S T E V E N S E I D M A N

* A Problem for the Sociology of Knowledge: the mutual unawareness of £mile


Durkheim and Max Weber, European Journal of Sociology, VII (1966), 330-336.

(1) Wirtschaftsgeschichte : Abriss der Uni- gegeben von S. HELLMAN und M. PALYI
versalen Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte. (Miinchen/Leipzig, Duncker und Humblot,
Aus den Nachgelassen Vorlesungen, Heraus- 1923).

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