"This is an interesting and provocative reading of Durkheim that sheds new light on the contemporary relevance of his work and offers new and complex material for the debate over social theory. It is well written, and the style is lively."Wayne Proudfoot, Columbia University "Cladis's central argument is that Durkheim's sociologyuntil recently dismissed as conservative dogmaprovides valuable insights for the contemporary debates between liberals and communitarians. . . . With the novel insight that liberalism is a viable moral tradition and not the mere antithesis of tradition, Durkheim resolved a problem that had plagued Descartes, Kant, and Rousseau."ChoiceCladis, Mark S. is the author of 'Communitarian Defense of Liberalism Emile Durkheim and Contemporary Social Theory' with ISBN 9780804723657 and ISBN 0804723656.