Gabriel Tarde

Two Essays

Edited by Matei Candea

© 2014 – Routledge

208 pages

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Hardback: 9780415602754
pub: 2015-07-30

About the Book

The recent surge of interest in nineteenth 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Matei Candea 1. Mondalogy and Sociology by Gabriel Tarde (trans. Matei Candea & Alexis de La Ferrière) - notes and comments by Eduardo Viveiros De Castro 2. The Two Elements of Sociology by Gabriel Tarde (trans. Samuel Trainor) - notes and comments by Andrew Barry 3. Belief and Desire by Gabriel Tarde, with a comment by Bruno Latour

About the Editor

Matei Candea is a lecturer in social anthropology at Durham University, UK, and previously Sigrid Rausing Lecturer in collaborative anthropology at the University of Cambridge, UK. He received his doctorate from Cambridge in 2006 for work on difference, knowledge and relationality in Corsica, and has published a number of articles on this topic and on the subject of ethnographic method and anthropological theory. His recent publications include The Social After Gabriel Tarde (Routledge, 2010), Corsican Fragments: Difference, Knowledge and Fieldwork (Indiana University Press, 2010).

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General