David Emile Durkheim (1858 - 1917)

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Birthplace: Épinal, Lorraine, France
Death: Died in Paris, Île-de-France, France
Occupation: philosophe, sociologue
Managed by: Randy Schoenberg
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About David Emile Durkheim

Émile Durkheim was born in Épinal in Lorraine, coming from a long line of devout French Jews; his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather had been rabbis. At an early age, he decided not to follow in his family's rabbinical footsteps. Durkheim himself would lead a completely secular life. Much of his work, in fact, was dedicated to demonstrating that religious phenomena stemmed from social rather than divine factors. While Durkheim chose not to follow in the family tradition, he did not sever ties with his family or with the Jewish community. Many of his most prominent collaborators and students were Jewish, and some were blood relations. The exact influence of Jewish thought on Durkheim's work remains uncertain; some scholars have argued that Durkheim's thought is in fact a form of secularized Jewish thought, while others argue that proving the existence of a direct influence of Jewish thought on Durkheim's achievements is difficult or impossible.

A precocious student, Durkheim entered the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in 1879. The entering class that year was one of the most brilliant of the nineteenth century and many of his classmates, such as Jean Jaurès and Henri Bergson would go on to become major figures in France's intellectual history.

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Emile Durkheim's Timeline

1858
April 15, 1858
Épinal, Lorraine, France
1887
September 18, 1887
Age 29
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
1888
September 9, 1888
Age 30
1892
September 18, 1892
Age 34
1917
November 15, 1917
Age 59
Paris, Île-de-France, France