Emile Durkheim (1858-1917) was a French sociologist who formally established the academic discipline and, with Karl Marx and Max Weber, is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science.
Steve Lukes is a professor of sociology at New York University. An emeritus Fellow of the British Academy and an editor of the European Journal of Sociology, he is the author of Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work and, most recently, Moral Relativism.
"With this improved and expanded edition, The Rules of a Sociological Method, has finally been given the scholarly treatment it deserves. And the Editor's Introduction--written with Steven Lukes's usual flair and erudition--provides an essential guide to the book's original historical context as well as to its lasting sociological importance."--David Garland "New York University "