Year: 1974 Source: Omega, v.5, no.1, (1974), p.47-54 SIEC No: 19833085

Durkheim dismissed intention and motives from his conceptual framework in his effort to analyze suicide as a social fact. He also rejected psychopathic states, heredity, and other extra social factors as possible causes of suicide on the basis of statistical information available to him. This paper examines the way in which Durkheim worked out his position on the social conditions he regarded as responsible for suicide, and discusses some of the major problems involved.