What are Durkheim’s views on religion?

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According to Durkheim, religion is the most elementary social phenomenon, because by pointing to the existence of ideals which are the object of its aspirations, it becomes an indispensable element of human thought development leading to the creation of morality, science, law, politics, and art. Thus, it is the initial stage of the civilization of humanity, this process of socialization, during which the individual succumbs to social forces that are the product and expression of...
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