Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, And Max Weber

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Our backgrounds often dictate where our lives will go. What actions we make in the present and future are a direct result of our past. The culmination of all the events leading up to the moment in time in which all the past experiences, whether it’s heart breaks or joyous achievements make up the present. One should consider what events made them the individual they are in this moment, and how they will evolve over time. Sociological theorists often purpose radical ideas that makes one wonder how anyone could synthesize such notions. The answer to that is simple, their backgrounds. A few good examples of the theorists that were prominently influenced by their backgrounds are Émile Durkheim, Karl Marx, and Max Weber. These theorists had radical ideas that are clearly because of their unique backgrounds. Our backgrounds are a key factor in the way we live our lives and the things we do, while they do not dictate our actions, they are a major influence.
For Émile Durkheim it’s clearly evident that the events of his pasts and the way he was brought up led to the synthesis of his theories. He was born in 1858, to a religious Jewish family that instilled in him a strong morality. As he grew up he saw the atrocities that were committed during the Franco-Prussian war in 1870. He saw families devastated by war, and saw a war scarred France. Believing that traditional philosophy won’t be an effective balm to heal this wound he turned to the social sciences. Due to his strong moral
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