Pareto's General Sociology: A Physiologist's Interpretation

Pareto's General Sociology: A Physiologist's Interpretation

Pareto's General Sociology: A Physiologist's Interpretation

Pareto's General Sociology: A Physiologist's Interpretation

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The subject of the present Essay is the sociological work of Vilfredo Pareto, by birth an Italian Marquis, by education and profession an engineer, who had become professor of economics in the University of Lausanne. This work was first published in 1916 under the title Trattato di Sociologia Generale.

Books are rare that derive from such wide and varied experience as Pareto's, and those are rarer still that utilize such experience so completely. There is hardly an important element in the life of the author that has not left its mark upon the book. He was born of a French mother in 1848 at Paris, schooled in France, and professionally educated in Italy. His birth and natural endowments assured him a wide experience of everyday affairs, and must have aided in the attainment of intellectual detachment. His education afforded both a broad classical culture and training in mathematics and in physical science. He practiced engineering in Tuscany for two decades and meanwhile dabbled in Italian politics, took part in the social life of Florence, and read widely. Then he attacked mathematical economics as a serious study. In 1893, at the age of forty-five, he was elected to the chair of economics at Lausanne, and a period of . . .

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