Emile Durkheim

Dulce Fernandez


David Emile Durkheim was born on April 15, 1858 in Epinal and died on November 15, 1917. His mother, Melanie was a merchant's daughter. Durkheim's father, Moïse, was rabbi of Epinal from the 1830's. He came from a long line of French Jews.

"Sadness does not inhere in things; it does not reach us from the world and through mere contemplation of the world. It is a product of our own thought. We create it out of whole cloth."


  1. He founded the first European University deportment of Sociology in 1895
  2. Turned away from religious faith and became an agnostic
  3. In 1893, he published The Division of Labor in Society
  4. Was an expert at many different languages such as German and Italian
  5. Faced major responsibilities at age 20, when his father died
  6. Introduced the concept of 'Anomie' or lack of societal norms that could result in instability and chaos
  7. Called to a professorship in sociology and education at the Sorbonne in Paris
  8. In 1887, he was named lecturer in education and sociology at the university of Bordeaux
  9. He analyzed statistical data on suicide rates
  10. From 1882-1885 he taught philosophy in several provincial lycées

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