Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Sociology, the science of society, is an academic discipline. As a social science it is concerned with the acquisition of knowledge, rather than with the reform of individuals or of society. Sociologists, however, are not indifferent to the attempts made by men to improve the conditions of human life. The French sociologist Emile Durkheim firmly believed that the knowledge acquired through the scientific investigation of society could be used to help men build a better tomorrow, but that this sound Imowledge was needed before any type of social reform could be effective. Durkheim's conception of society gave him an indelible place not only in the history of sociology, but also in the history of all human thought.
Young, Patricia Chewning, "The sociology of Emile Durkheim" (1962). Honors Theses. 291.