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Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences

 
 
 
 
Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences
Author: Jon Elster
ISBN 13: 9780521376068
ISBN 10: 521376068
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 1989-07-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 194
List Price: $49.99
 
 

This book is intended as an introductory survey of the philosophy of the social sciences.

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A highly reductive, generally biased, but not unengaging introductory survey of the philosophy of the social sciences. Elster's (political science, U. of Chicago) point of departure is the conflict we all face between our desires and our opportunities. How can rational choice theory help us understand our motivation and behavior? More significantly, what happens when the theory breaks down but we still cleave to a belief in the power of the rational? Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)