Within a brief compass, Jon Elster covers a vast range of topics. Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences. Front Cover. Jon Elster. Cambridge University Press. acclaimed volume Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences. In twenty-six succinct chapters, Jon Elster provides an account of the nature of explanation in the. Book Reviews: Jon Elster, Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Pp. Viii, US$ (Cloth), US$ (Paper.
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Explaining Social Behavior: More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences by Jon Elster
Good novels sport intelligible characters, mediocre novels stick with rational ones. Within a brief compass, Jon Elster covers a vast We are all aware of the criticism the ‘hard’ scientists level against social scientists that sociology is not a real sciencethe author courageously attempts to address this contemptuous point of view. Steph rated it it was amazing Jan 13, How can rational choice theory help us understand our motivation and behaviour?
Within a brief compass, Jon Elster covers a vast range of topics. Lists with This Book. Selected pages Table of Contents.
Jun 09, Alex Zakharov rated it it was amazing. Explanations at the level of institutions seem often to identify causal processes not explained entirely in terms of individual behavior. Peter Danielson – – Dialogue 29 4: Annd do not feel changed by the book, nor do I feel any closer to understanding social behavior.
Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences
A vast amount of social research about the behavior of individuals is of individuals in roles and positions in institutions, organizations, etc. Bots to Book Page. I might even re-read parts of it and just skip over the graphs and charts! Katie rated it really liked it Jul 31, Jon Elster, Explaining Social Behaviour: Rios – – Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39 2: A vast amount of social science research is about aggregate buts entities such as institutions, organizations, firms, and states.
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Meyer – – Sociological Theory 29 1: May 18, aarjav marked it as to-read. Account Options Sign in. But I’ll give it a shot, anyway.
May 12, Jen rated it it was ok Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Refresh and try again. Mike rated it it was amazing Apr 19, More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences.
However, since many think that explanation in the physical sciences is often not about causation but instead about systematic unification, these alternative possibilities need to be taken seriously in the social sciences as well, and obviously the issues require much more than the few sentences of analysis that Elster gives. Of course as befits the promise of Making Sense of Marxsome of the nuts and bolts of the current volume, such as expected utility and the prisoner’s dilemma, are still mainstays of current social science.
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It is essentially a work of exposition which offers a toolbox of mechanisms – nuts and bolts, cogs and wheels – that can be used to explain complex social phenomena. This book is intended as an introductory survey of the philosophy of the social sciences.
Need mechanism for explanation. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Sarah Hailey rated it really liked it Feb 12, Find it on Scholar. Evolutionary game theory is all about such processes where consequences explain the reproduction of strategies, is some of the more promising work in current social science, and is completely ignored by Elster. This is a place to start and to always come back for every social scientist. Humphreys – – Philosophy nus the Social Sciences 21 1: However, I must give credit to any author who is willing to write a tome with his name on it promising that he will explain it.