Emile Durkheim 's Influence On Society

850 WordsOct 12, 20154 Pages
Émile Durkheim was born in France in 1858 to a Jewish family and started attending a rabbinical school at a young age but eventually decided not to continue on that path and instead became an agnostic. He eventually went on to become a philosophy teacher and is considered to have played a pivotal roll in the rise of sociology. Durkheim believed that society shaped every aspect of human thought and behavior. He promoted the importance of society and suggests that without it things like art, family, laws and morality could not exist. He insists that although we are all individual beings with the capability of making our own decisions, all of our life choices are made within a sociological structure provide to us from the day were are born. He believed these social ties were so important that we needed an entire discipline scientifically committed to understanding it. He wanted data to be collected, studied and compared. Thus the field of Sociology was born, and Durkheim considered the father of it. While attempting to understand the “social” Durkheim was continuously led back to “the religious.” Durkheim found that religion and society were absolutely synonymous and that one could not survive without the other stating, “If religion has given birth to all that is essential in society, it is because the idea of society is the soul of religion.”(191) Durkheim was intent on identifying certain elements of religious beliefs that are common across different cultures. For Durkheim,
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