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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Peter Jacobsson rated it really liked it Jul 19, Institutions are not derived from rational choices of agents but are instead essential to explanations invoking them. Elster also defended a philosophy of social science annd that consisted of some form of methodological individualism and deep skepticism about functionalism in the social sciences. Philosophy of Social Science, Alexander Rosenberg. The Economic Approach to Human Behavior. Philosophy of social science primer.
Shallow and lousy written. Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences. Not being an economist this book was dense for me in many places but my daughter, studying social economics in grad school, encouraged me bopts complete it. Part of me feels like it’s mostly just a chance for Elster to show off his erudition: Similarly functional explanations that show why some practice persists because of a feedback loop from its effects to its reproduction are common and powerful social explanations Kincaid Not surprisingly the most nutd researcher on human behavior in Elster’s discussion is Tocqueville.
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Rios – – Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39 2: Avoid if you abd. He shows how these issues bear directly on our lives in such concrete situations as wage bargaining, economic cartels, political strikes, voting in elections, and court decisions involving child custody.
Sarah Hailey rated it really liked it Feb 12, Inhe was awarded the 22nd Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for his contributions to political science. 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. Lots of biology, psychology, economics, rational choice and behavioral science and no slster, cultural theory and deconstruction at allwhich makes this book a really useful guide to the concepts and mechanisms in explaining social phenomena elter a scientific and sensible way.
History of Western Philosophy. Steve Greenleaf rated it liked it Dec 25, Books by Jon Elster. Elster describes the fascinating range of forms of irrationality – wishful thinking, the phenomenon of sour grapes, discounting the future in noncooperative behaviour. Moreover, explanations of individual behavior are consistently given by taking the institutional context as given and then explaining individual behavior in terms of it.
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Within a brief compass, Jon Elster covers a vast range of topics. Probably beyond my puny capabilities to review. Account Options Sign in.
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Explaining Social Behaviour is a very erudite, very intelligent scholar’s attempt to translate ahd mind boggling complexities of social interaction, myriad of behaviours and infinite motivations into a logical structure with mathematical underpinnings, a sort of sociological calculus.
Elster describes the fascinating range of forms of irrationality – wishful thinking, the phenomenon of sour grapes, discounting the future in noncooperative behaviour.
The “nuts and bolts” have also not advanced much, and the current volume describes elementary commonly known concepts such as expected utility and the prisoner’s dilemma that would now already be in the tool kit of anyone with a decent undergraduate education in the social sciences.
The book is an incredible example of applying clear rigorous thinking to show the limits of how far that rigor can take you, and without resorting to throwing up your hands in the end to claim ignorance.
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.
A vast amount of social science research is about aggregate level entities such as institutions, organizations, firms, and states. Steph rated it it was amazing Jan 13, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Philosophy of Anthropology and Sociology Elsevier,pp.