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The Laws of Imitation
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Hardcover, 446 pages
Published 1903 by Henry Holt and Company
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Read chapters 1-3; Tarde's main claims are that there are three types of repetition that make the world go around -- molecular vibration in the physical, hereditary in the biological, imitation in the social, thus putting social science into the family of other physical sciences; and that all repetition occurs for the sake of variation (for him, the homogeneous is more complex than the heterogeneous). That's the philosophical background that lets him then talk about how all human life is imitati ...more