20/08/2012

No man is an island

For the French sociologist Emile Durkheim, one of the great pioneers in the study of social sciences with Karl Marx and Max Weber, humans are creatures whose desires are unlimited, and unlike other animals, are not satisfied when their biological needs are satisfied.

According to Durkheim, these circumstances can only be successfully managed by elements external to the human being: the religions and societies, with their sets of moral and ethical rules, should serve to put limits on individual desire and work as ‘a regulatory force that fulfills the same role with respect to the moral needs met by the body for the physical needs’.

This video is inspired by these ideas, conceived in the late nineteenth century, and reflects on its relevance in today’s life in early XXI.