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  • By Mister Yxküll
    Dec 13, 2008
    "New York Times Book Review" Tarde's " Laws of Imitation." " The Laws of Imitation," by Gabriel Tarde. Professor of Modern Philosophy in the College de France, and a member of the Instltute will probably be published next week by Henry Holt & Co. The book is translated into English by Mrs, Elsie Clewes Parsons and contains an introduction by Prof. Franklin J-J. Giddings of Harvard University. The introduction is devoted to an account of the career of M Tarde. While a " true philosopher" he is also a " man of affairs, with wide intellectual sympathies." This book is the second to appear in an English version, the first having been " Los Lois Sociales" containing three lectures delivered by M Tarde in 1897 at the College Libre des Sciences Sociales, Paris, and representing an outline of his philosophy. M. Tarde first came into public notice in 1880 when he contributed to the Revue Philosophique. He is the author of "... More > La Croyance et le Desire, Possibilité-de Leur Mesure," "La Logique Soclale" " L'OppositJon Universale', ' Les Transformations du Droit " "J,es Transformations du Pouvoir" " L'Opinion et la Foule," " Etudes Pennies et Sociales," " Essais et Melanges Soclo-logiques" "Etudes de Psychologic Penale," and " Psychologie Economlque." In the course of his remarks Prof. Giddings writes: Among the phenomena that early arrested his (M. Tarde's) attention was imitation. From his office of Magistrate he observed the large part that imitation plays in criminal conduct. Does it play a smaller role in normal conduct? Very rapidly M. Tarde's ardent mind ranged over the whole of history, followed the spread of Western civilisation, and reviewed the development of language, the evolution of art, of law, and of institutions. The evidence was overwhelming that in all affairs of men whether of good or of evil report, imitation is an ever-present factor, and to a philosophical mind the implication was obvious, that there must be psychological or sociological law of imitation, worthy of most thorough study * * * M. Tarde felt that if the study of society was to be erected into a science, a beginning must be made, not by demonstrating the logical and rightful place of sociology in the sisterhood of sciences, and not by exploiting the analogy of institutions to organic life but rather by thoroughly examining the nature and combinations of some distinctively social phenomena * * * M. Tarde perceived that imitation as a social form is only one mode of a universal activity. ----Published: September 26, 1903 Copyright © The New York Times< Less
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Scond Edition
HENRY HOLT and company New Yotk
December 15, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
2.76 lbs.
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5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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