My old friend Emile

I have written a lot about Emile Durkheim over the years. I feel rather indebted to him for having aided me in getting a thesis accepted and approved in the discipline. His presence in my early academic work certainly helped legitimate some moves I was making (attacking politically correct social science, looking at religion in a way that didn’t start with rejection of any truth or utility it might contain) that otherwise might have made it harder for me to advance professionally in a discipline that was already then deeply infected with the prejudices that now fully drive just about everything it does.

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