ELSTER NUTS AND BOLTS PDF

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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Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences

With very few exceptions the oblts sciences cannot rely on functional explanation, which accounts for action or behavioral patterns by citing their consequences. An underlying premise here is that near the entirety of social science can be found in the annals of the less prestigious ‘subject’ of history.

He offers an overview of key explanatory mechanisms in the social sciences, relying on hundreds of examples and drawing on a large variety of sources-psychology, behavioral economics, biology, political science, historical writings, philosophy and fiction. May 18, aarjav marked it as to-read. The Cement of Society.

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All explanation is causal.

Within a brief compass, Jon Nolts covers a vast range of topics. Pickel – – Philosophy of the Social Sciences 40 1: More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences.

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Feb 02, Madeline marked it as incomplete Shelves: This is a dense book and I made it through the whole thing, but I am afraid I don’t remember much. The doubts about functional explanation and about structural constraints elstdr dubious for related reasons.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Cambridge University Press In a short review such as this I can only point briefly to the most obvious difficulties. His point of departure is the conflict we all face between our desires and our opportunities. Elster describes the fascinating range of forms of irrationality – wishful thinking, the phenomenon of sour grapes, discounting the future in noncooperative behaviour.

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Explaining Social Behavior: More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences by Jon Elster

Much cognitive science is about things like navigation, clock-keeping, and microscale reward valuation that elxter regarded as implicit and not proposition-like even though it involves representation. Want to Read saving…. Part Two Human Action. Within a brief compass, Jon Elster covers Refresh and try again. Fundamental red for anyone who wants to engage in explaining human behavior.

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Within a brief compass, Elsteg Elster covers a vast Sign in to use this feature. Marlene rated it it was ok Jun 23, anx Elster describes the fascinating range of forms of irrationality–wishful thinking, the phenomenon of sour grapes, discounting the future in non-cooperative behavior. May 12, Jen rated it it was ok Shelves: More significantly, what happens when the theory breaks down but we still cleave to a belief in the power of the rational?

These results present a strong prima facie case against the idea that social science can be done “by referring only to individuals. Quotes from Nuts and Bolts fo Open Preview See a Problem? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.