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L'Evaluation en Comité
A Textes et rapports de souscription au Comité destravaux historiques et scientifiques, 1903-1917
Edited and Introduced by Stéphane Baciocchi and Jennifer Mergy, with an essay by Jean-Louis Fabiani
Published in Association with The Durkheim Press
244 pages, index
ISBN 978-1-57181-632-0 $29.95/£23.95 / Pb / Published (July 2003)
Durkheim wrote hitherto unknown and unpublished reports for the social and economic sciences section of the government's Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques. There are 56 reports in all, each reviewing a book - e.g. William James's Varieties of Religious Experience - and recommending whether or not to purchase it for state-funded libraries.
The reports are of considerable interest in their range, content and confidential nature. This critical and fully annotated edition makes them available for the first time, along with reports that others made to the committee on Durkheim's own books. The context is explained in an editorial introduction, 'Durkheim au CTHS', and in a specially commissioned essay by the historian of philosophy and social science in the Third Republic, Jean-Louis Fabiani.
Stéphane Baciocchi is at the EHESS, University of Paris VIII.
Jean-Luis Fabiani teaches at the EHESS in Marseilles.
Jennifer Mergy is a Research Fellow at the University of Paris IX.