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Author: Vilfredo Pareto
Title: The mind and society (Volume 1)
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, Brace and Company
Subject (keywords, tags): Sociology


"Works": v. 1, p. xviii. "Index and bibliography": v. 4, p. [1931]-2033
v. 1. Non-logical conduct.--v. 2. Theory of residues.--v. 3. Theory of derivations.--v. 4. The general form of society

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Whenever someone talks to me about logic, I point him to this book. This volume is mostly free wheeling discussion on fallacies (Pareto’s theses come in later volumes). It could be used as textbook of logic, and it would be the best that there is! Pareto illustrates what he is saying with examples from Classical history and literature, so it is of added interest to me. Finally, Pareto often uses cutting sarcasm, which is very pleasant to read. Examples of sarcasm: 503. Hegel's demonstration, Ibid., § 270, of Kepler's third law is wonderful indeed: "As root, time is only an empirical magnitude. As quality, it is nothing but an abstract unity.^ As an aspect of the developed totality, it is, in addition, a determined unity, a reflected totality.^ It produces itself, and in producing itself it does not transcend itself.^ But as it has no dimensions, in producing itself it attains only to formal identity with itself, to the square; and space, on the contrary, which constitutes the positive principle of external continuity,^ attains to the dimensions of the concept, to the cube. Thus their primitive difference subsists in their realization. That is Kepler's third law concerning the ratio of the cube of the distance to the square of the time." Indeed! Who would ever have thought it! What a prodigious mind to understand all that! ^ 510. Says Hegel: "In general one cannot deny the influence of comets. I set Mr. Bode shrieking some time ago by remarking that experience now proves that comets are attended by a good vintage, as happened in the years 1811 and 1819, and that that twin observation is worth as much as the observations of the returns or comets, and even more." ^ Here he is stating a false proposition and betraying gross ignorance of astronomy by assuming that the uniformity in the "returns" of comets is a matter of merely empirical observation; but at least he uses clear and exact terms that correspond to concrete things. That, in fact, is why we see so readily that his proposition is false. But the clearness fades when he adds: "What makes cometary wine so good is the fact that the aqueous process abandons the earth, and so brings on a change in the state of the planet." ^ "What in all creation is that "aqueous process" which "abandons" our earth .^ Who has ever seen or heard of it ?