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Философската система на Габриел Тард
Gabriel Tarde’s Philosophical System

Author(s): Ivan Katsarski
Subject(s): Philosophy, History of Philosophy, 19th Century Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: Gabriel Tarde; monads; repetition; imitation; opposition; adaptation; amplification; progress; history; civilizations; future of humanity;

Summary/Abstract: The study presents philosophical system of Gabriel Tarde, an eminent figure in the intellectual life of France at the end of the 19th century. He enjoyed great esteem during his lifetime, but was almost forgotten after his death, being overshadowed by his opponent Émile Durkheim. His work has been revisited in the last three or four decades and his ideas have found a place in contemporary philosophy and social theory.My aim here is to present Tarde’s ideas in their basic systematic interconnection, without probing into particular fields. I consecutively discuss Tarde’s theory of primary elements of being, monads, and the universal principles of the basic spheres of the world. I then analyze Tarde’s theory of society, history and civilizations. In the conclusion, I briefly comment on some ideas in Tarde’s conceptual legacy in view of their significance for contemporary philosophy and social theory.

  • Issue Year: XXVII/2018
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 76-97
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English, Bulgarian