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Durkheim on Religion and Weber on Charisma
A brief review of the theories of Durkheim on religion and Weber on charisma, based on "The Sociological Tradition" by Robert Nisbet.
# 153011 | 927 words | 1 source | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 01, 2013 in Sociology (Theory)

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Based on "The Sociological Tradition" by Robert Nisbet, the paper explains why Durkheim believed that religion was a purpose of social need and discusses his model of religion, his categories of sacred or profane and his belief that ritual is primary and belief is secondary. In the second part of the paper, the author identifies Weber's stipulations for charismatic power and his descriptions of three pure kinds of rightful power, namely legal-bureaucratic, conventional, and charismatic power. The paper then explains what Weber identifies as the three basic grounds on which a ruler can legitimately validate his or her authority.

The Sacred and Profane - Durkheim
Charisma and Calling - Weber

From the Paper:

"Durkheim thought that everything was a meaning of society, and so logically his ideas and views on religion are from the view point that it too is a meaning of society. He described religion as what brings civilizations together and gets them to center on being a member of the group as an alternative of an individual. Durkheim believed that religion is a united organization of attitudes and behaviors relative to blessed things, basically things set separately and prohibited. He also says that these actions, join into one ethical society called a church, all those who stick to them. If ones looks intimately at what he is saying it can be seen that he is explaining that religion's purpose is to join civilization and make it more ethical. For civilization to survive it must be joined in some way, so it is a social requirement. This is why Durkheim believed that religion was a purpose of social need.
"Durkheim came out with the thought of religion being on a social rank; it was dissimilar from many other notions at the time that explained religion as being individual practices and attitudes. In Durkheim's model of religion things are placed into two different groups: the blessed and the blasphemous. The sacred is described as an association with whatever may concern the society and the profane as the dominion of private and personal concerns."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Nisbet, Robert A. (1993). The Sociological Tradition. New Jersey: Transaction Publishers.

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