Analects of the Core: Durkheim on faith and knowledge

On the relationship between religious faith and knowledge:

Knowledge does not have the destructive power with which it is credited, but it is the only weapon that allows us to struggle against the dissolution from which it itself results.  It is not by gagging science that one may restore authority to vanished traditions; we shall only make ourselves more powerless to replace them.

David Émile Durkheim, On Suicide (2006, translated by Robin Buss). Today’s analect was chosen by sociology major John McCargar, Core ’09, CAS ’11.

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