Gabriel Tarde – Monadology and Sociology
December 20, 2011 Leave a comment
Back in 2008 Society and Space published “The debate between Tarde and Durkheim” (also open access). Here’s the opening note:
A momentous debate concerning the nature of sociology and its relation to other
sciences took place between Gabriel Tarde and Eèmile Durkheim at the Ecole des
Hautes Etudes Sociales in 1903. Unfortunately the only available record of the event
is a brief overview which English readers may find in Terry Clark’s 1969 edited volume
On Communication and Social Influence (University of Chicago Press, Chicago).
The present recension of the debate, therefore, is based on a script consisting of
quotations from the works of Gabriel Tarde and Emile Durkheim, arranged to form a
dialogue. All text, save that in square brackets, consists of quotations from published
works by Emile Durkheim and Gabriel Tarde. A short version of it was acted out,
in French, by Bruno Latour (Gabriel Tarde), Bruno Karsenti (Emile Durkheim), and
Simon Schaffer (The Dean), under the direction of Frédérique Touati, on 14 March
2008, at McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, UK, as part
of the conference Tarde/Durkheim: Trajectoires of the Social.