Emile Durkheim (1858–1917)
Although August Comte is popularly held as the founding father of sociology, Emile Durkheim has to be credited with making sociology a standardized academic discipline. In fact, Durkheim is the pioneer in developing sociology into a social scientific discipline and thereby, establishing its legitimacy in the French academic world. He carried forward Comte's spirit of searching for a positivist method for studying society. In the world history of sociology, Durkheim remains as a leading figure in developing not only a distinctive conception of the subject matter of sociology but also as one who developed sociological theory in particular.
A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
David Emile was the fourth child born to Melanie and Moise ...