Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Sociology

Date of Award

8-2004

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Scott H. Beck

Committee Members

Brent Morrow, Anthony P. Cavender

Abstract

As conceived by Durkheim, social facts set parameters on what is of sociological interest, and subsequently how social phenomena are explained. This thesis reworks this theoretical concept to allow for biological explanations of some social phenomena. It by no means, asserts that all social phenomena can be explained by biology, but it recognizes that biological explanations of human behavior are available and are of sociological interest. The argument agrees with the main thrust of Durkheim's defense of social facts, but his critique of utility, while insightful, is considered unnecessary to negate individual causality.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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Sociology Commons

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