Who is Emile Durkheim?

  • (noun): French sociologist and first professor of sociology at the Sorbonne (1858-1917).
    Synonyms: Durkheim

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    There is no society known where a more or less developed criminality is not found under different forms. No people exists whose morality is not daily infringed upon. We must therefore call crime necessary and declare that it cannot be non-existent, that the fundamental conditions of social organization, as they are understood, logically imply it.
    Emile Durkheim (1858–1917)

    Man could not live if he were entirely impervious to sadness. Many sorrows can be endured only by being embraced, and the pleasure taken in them naturally has a somewhat melancholy character. So, melancholy is morbid only when it occupies too much place in life; but it is equally morbid for it to be wholly excluded from life.
    —Emile Durkheim (1858–1917)