This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... as logical, the order of antecedent and consequent cannot be reversed. The same is true of the progress of language and of ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... as logical, the order of antecedent and consequent cannot be reversed. The same is true of the progress of language and of economic life. " The irreversible character of social facts.... follows from their nature being logical." (O. 302.) The order in which inventions appear is an important question, on which Tarde's principles throw some light. Evidently the order of inventions is in part determined by their own nature. Thus the discovery of America came naturally after the discovery of the compass. As one thought leads to another, successive inventions have often an inherent logical relation. Yet it is untrue that inventions form any straight line of progress, or that any necessary order can be traced. The possibilities of the future are always many; the transition from one period of history to another could always be conceivably made in more ways than one, just as two points can be joined by one straight line, but also by many and devious curves. In fact, this is the analogy that Tarde suggests (Z. 177 et seq.): the picture of movement from one stage to another, by a series of steps having many directions but one general tendency, like the steps of a man towards a doorway across a darkened chamber. This characteristic uncertainty as to the occurrence of inventions and as to the order of their occurence, is owing largely to what we have already called the element of chance. The appearance of high abilities at a certain period, or the coincident appearance of two interinfluencing inventions, are determined by so many, such obscure, and such uncontrollable causes, that we may properly refer to chance as a factor. To speak of chance in this sense, does not imply action without law, but action according to laws not to be practically analyzed and...Read Less
Davis, Michael M. Psychological Interpretations of Society. New York: Columbia University Press, 1909. 260,  pp. Includes twelve pages of advertisements. Volume XXXIII, Number 2 of the Studies in History, Economics and Public Law series. Attractively rebound in blue cloth with gilt stamped spine. Interior bright and clean, Minor pencil markings not affecting text, cello tape to one page. Ex-library. Perforated stamp to title page. * A title in the series Studies in History, Economics and Public Law edited by the Political Science Faculty of Columbia University.
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