This chapter analyses Gilles Deleuze's engagement with the philosophical thoughts of Gabriel Tarde. It explains that Tarde is known in the sociological field as the unfortunate adversary of David Durkheim in his role as heir to an individualistic and psychologistic tradition which was incompatible with the methodological requisites of the new science or with the vision of founding a scientific morality. The chapter discusses Tarde's support for transversal-machinic principles of a political ontology of difference opposed equally to the automation of capitalist axioms and to bureaucratic programming.
Keywords: Gilles Deleuze, philosophical thoughts, Gabriel Tarde, David Durkheim, psychologistic tradition, scientific morality, political ontology, difference, capitalist axioms, bureaucratic programming
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