Positivism in Social Theory and Research by Christopher G. A. Bryant

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Durkheim then suggested that 'social facts are more liable to be objectively represented the more completely they are detached from the individual facts by which they are manifested'; without 'a constant, fixed vantage point to which the representation may be related and which allows all that is variable, hence subjective, to be eliminated', there can be no objectivity (p. 82; ct. p. 44). Internal consideration of the understandings and intentions of individual actors can never provide a constant point of reference The French Tradition of Positivism 39 because understandings and intentions are not transparent to the observer.

It is notable that he explicitly refused to distinguish between acting knowing that death will result and acting intending that it should; 'intent is too intimate a thing to be more than approximately interpreted by another' (p. 43). As a consequence. Durkheim would have had to classify persecuted Christians who rejected apostasy knowing they would be put to death for their faith as suicides. Martyrdom and suicide. however. are each intersubjectively meaningful and each may be approached objectively.

This approach is readily comprehensible with respect to elements of social structure and culture but is less so with respect to currents of opinion. It is possible to study the latter objectively, however, by making use of statistics. The strength and penetration of the currents which impel us to marry, have children or commit suicide, for example, are reflected in the level and stability of the marriage, fertility and suicide rates for different groups. The rates serve as indicators of phenomena whose dimensions are not immediately graspable.

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