Durkheim 's Philosophy On German Philosophy And Social Science

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David Emile Durkheim was born in 1858, a French sociologist. His family lineage were devout French Jews. Durkheim’s father and grandfather were rabbis. He started his education career at a rabbinical school but did not complete his education there. Durkheim decided that he did not want to follow his family’s footpath which led him to switch school. Durkheim got admitted at Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) in 1879 after his third trial. In 1882, he graduated with a philosophy degree. From 1882 to 1887, he began teaching philosophy at different schools. He later left for Germany in 1885, where he studied sociology for two years. Durkheim stay in Germany were positives which resulted in a lot of publications on German philosophy and social science. He was recognized in France in which he got an appointment to teach at the University of Bordeaux. In 1902, Durkheim became the chair of education at Sorbonne and also an advisor to the Ministry of Education. He later died in 1917 from stroke.
Durkheim was interested in the societal scientific approach. According to Emile Durkheim, the aspects of social life that shape our actions as individuals. Durkheim believed that social facts could be studied scientifically. (Gidden et al pg. 14). He was influenced by Numa Denis Fustel de Coulanges, who was a supporter of scientific method. He was also influenced by the sociological positivism of Auguste Comte who also sought to apply scientific method to social and natural sciences. Durkheim…

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