Gabriel Tarde: Two Essays

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-08-06
  • Publisher: Routledge
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The recent surge of interest in 19 th century sociologist Gabriel Tarde, fuelled in the English-speaking world primarily by second-hand discussions of his work, has produced and will continue to produce a broad demand for full English language versions of the author's key texts.The proposed volume presents three key essays by Tarde (two of them previously untranslated): Monadology and Sociology , whose outline of a relational philosophy of difference has been the starting point of Tarde's rediscovery by Gilles Deleuze and Bruno Latour; The two elements of Sociology , Tarde's blistering attack on Durkheimian sociology; and Belief and Desire , Tarde's prescient investigation into the potential for a quantitative study of 'inter-psychology'. Each essay will be accompanied the comments of a prominent contemporary theorist (Bruno Latour, Andrew Barry and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro) who will highlight Tarde's relevance to contemporary debates in sociology, philosophy, anthropology and beyond.

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