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By Ferdinand Tönnies

Jose Harris (ed.)

Tönnies' neighborhood and Civil Society (first released in 1887 as Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft) is a vintage of social and political conception, exploring the stress among close-knit "communities" and an rising worldwide industry "society". it's a reaction to modernity, an workout in social, political and ethical technological know-how, and an strange remark at the internal personality of "democratic socialism". This new translation and advent make this significant paintings even more simply obtainable to pupil readers, and people attracted to social and political idea and the historical past of ecu ideas.


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These principles develop until they have a life of their own and seem to be quite independent of their origins, converging with similar principles which have from the beginning operated independently in the areas natural to this way of thinking. This is the realm of scientific thought. In its earliest and purest form it has nothing to do with the causes of phenomena, let alone with the desires of men or gods. e. adding and subtracting, multiplication and division into equal parts. What makes it possible for these operations to be done so easily in the head is that an organised system of names for them already exists for this purpose and no variation of detail in the objects perceived interferes with the system14 Liberum arbitrium indifferentiae.

After prolonged delay, Tönnies’s editions of Hobbes’ Elements of Law Natural and Politic and Behemoth published in English.  Failed to obtain a university professorship; became a Privatdozent at Kiel. xxxi Chronology of Tönnies’s life and career  Helped found Society for Ethical Culture, the vehicle for his life-long involvement in various co-operative, social reform and self-improvement movements.  Offered a university chair, on condition that he gave up Society for Ethical Culture, which he refused.

Since this sounds impossibly pretentious we have settled for the more limited phrase: ‘An Essay on Communism and Socialism as Historical Social Systems’. Unless a translator is an expert in the subject of the work being translated, he or she is dependent on collaboration to grasp refinements of meaning, to decipher technical terminology, and to ensure that the translation makes good sense in terms of subject matter and context. In the case of this partnership, Margaret Hollis has provided the linguistic input, unravelling the complicated sentences, which Jose Harris has then revised in order to draw out Tönnies’s philosophical interests and his political, social and economic thought.

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