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Durkheim, Émile
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(Apr 15, 1858, Épinal – Nov 15, 1917 Paris). French sociologist. He studied at the École Normale Supérieure, and taught at the University of Bordeaux from 1887 to 1902, later changing to Paris, where he exerted a lasting influence not only on French sociology, but also on public discussion. One of the founders of sociology, Durkheim dealt with a broad range of topics: suicide, family, education, law and morality etc. Religion was a focal point of his work. At first he expressed the view that religion marked the early, undi…

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Knoblauch, Hubert, “Durkheim, Émile”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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