Émile Durkheim | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 31 pages of analysis & critique of Émile Durkheim.
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If religion protects man against the desire for self-destruction, it is not that it preaches the respect for his own person to him with arguments sui generis; but because it is a society. What constitutes this society is the existence of a certain number of beliefs and practices common to all the faithful, traditional and thus obligatory. The more numerous and strong these collective states of mind are, the stronger the integration of the religious community, and also the greater its preservative value. The details of dogmas and rites are secondary. The essential thing is that they be capable of supporting a sufficiently intense collective life. And because the Protestant church has less consistency than the others it has less moderating effect upon suicide.

Sociologism, as we use the term here, is a synthesis of a positivistic methodology with a particular set of substantive theories, for which we...

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