Emile Durkheim

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David Émile Durkheim (April 15, 1858 – November 15, 1917) was a French sociologist. He formally established the academic discipline and, with Karl Marx and Max Weber, is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science and father of sociology.

Much of Durkheim's work was concerned with how societies could maintain their integrity and coherence in modernity; an era in ... more »

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  • ''Sadness does not inhere in things; it does not reach us from the world and through mere contemplation of the world. It is a product of our own thought. We create it out of whole cloth.''
    Emile Durkheim (1858-1917), French sociologist. Suicide, bk. 2, ch. 6, sct. 1 (1897, trans. 1951).
  • ''Too cheerful a morality is a loose morality; it is appropriate only to decadent peoples and is found only among them.''
    Emile Durkheim (1858-1917), French sociologist. Suicide, bk. 3, ch. 3, sct. 1 (1897, trans. 1951).
  • ''It is too great comfort which turns a man against himself. Life is most readily renounced at the time and among the classes where it is least harsh.''
    Emile Durkheim (1858-1917), French sociologist. Suicide, bk. 3, ch. 1, sect. 1 (1897, trans. 1951).
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