Emile Durkheim, 1858-1917: A Collection of Essays, with Translations and a Bibliography

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PREFACES TO L'ANNÉE SOCIOLOGIQUE 1

EMILE DURKHEIM


Preface to Volume I2

Neither the sole, nor even the chief, objective of the Année sociologique is the presentation of an annual survey of the state of properly sociological literature. Such a task would be too restricted and of little utility, for properly sociological studies are not yet numerous enough to call for a bibliographic periodical. We believe, however, that sociologists have a real need for regular information concerning studies which are being carried on in the special sciences--the histories of law, culture, and religions; moral statistics; economics; and so on--for it is these special sciences that offer the materials out of which sociology must be built. It is the primary aim of the present publication to meet this need.

It seems to us that, at the present stage of our discipline, to provide such regular information is the best way to hasten its progress. In fact, the knowledge a sociologist needs--if he does not want to abandon himself to a vain exercise of dialectics--is so extended and varied, and the facts are so numerous and are scattered in so many quarters, that one has great difficulties in assembling them and always risks omitting important items. It is therefore desirable that a preliminary survey put these facts at the disposal of interested persons. No doubt, to the extent that sociology becomes specialized, scholars will find it easier to acquire the competence and erudition necessary for the particular class of problems to which they devote their labors. But this stage has yet to be reached. There are still too many sociologists who daily dogmatize on law, morals, or religion; and there are still scholars who have only random information or who proceed exclusively by the lights of natural philosophy, without suspecting, it would appear, that a considerable body of documents bearing on these questions has been assembled in recent times by the historical and ethnographic schools of Germany and England. It is thus not a useless task to undertake a periodic inventory of all these sources and to indicate, at

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