Emile Durkheim

Emile Durkheim

French thinker, one of the founders of sociology as an independent science, the founder of professional sociology.
When morals are sufficient, law is unnecessary; when morals are insufficient, law is unenforceable.More Emile Durkheim quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Each new generation is reared by its predecessor; the latter must therefore improve in order to improve its successor. The movement is circular.More Emile Durkheim quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Man cannot become attached to higher aims and submit to a rule if he sees nothing above him to which he belongs. To free him from all social pressure is to abandon him to himself and demoralize him.More Emile Durkheim quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
For a long time it has been known that the first systems of representations with which men have pictured to themselves the world and themselves were of religious origin. There is no religion that is not a cosmology at the same time that it is a speculation upon divine things. If philosophy and the sciences were born of religion, it is because religion began by taking the place of the sciences and philosophy.More Emile Durkheim quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
At this point, an urgent question arises: ... Is it our duty to seek to become a thorough and complete human being, one quite sufficient unto himself; or, on the contrary, to be only a part of a whole, the organ of an organism? Briefly, is the division of labor, at the same time that it is a law of nature, also a moral rule of human conduct; and, if it has this latter character, why and in what degree?More Emile Durkheim quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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