Social Theories of Marx, Durkheim and Weber

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Social Theories of Marx, Durkheim and Weber
Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber all have very deviating ways of seeing the world. Specifically, these three philosophers and sociologist used their own viewpoints to gain a perspective on a multitude of subjects. Religion is one such subject that fed into each of their belief systems, especially concerning the development of society. Marx, Durkheim and Weber all differed in how the role of religion functions within their beliefs and by extension, within the development of a modern society.
Marx believed that what makes a person intrinsically human is their ability to reason. Marx argued that capitalism eroded this ability to reason and to function as a productive society. Marx thought...
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.....ips and social organizations were multi-faceted and facilitated history’s movement from one period to the next.
Overall, these three thinkers are very different from one another. Marx thought that capitalism was the root of all evil, the object and production the new religion. Durkheim thought societal interaction and organizations like religion dictate social conventions and human identity. Weber thought religion and other societal complexities were paramount in the progression of history and sociology. All these thinkers are hugely important to understanding sociological thought, though they have widely different philosophies.
Works Cited
Lemert, Charles. Social Theory: The Multicultural and
Class Readings. New York: Westview Press, 2004.