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