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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Cambridge University PressJul 28, – Philosophy. Nutw library Help Advanced Book Search. Mar nut, Nick Short rated it it was amazing Shelves: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Philosophy of Anthropology and Sociology Elsevier,pp.

Rachel Nicholas rated it liked it Dec 17, 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 Philosophy of Social Science, Alexander Rosenberg.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Studies in the Subversion of Rationality. Fundamental red for anyone holts wants to engage in explaining human behavior. Jilt Jorritsma rated it really liked it Jan 17, How can rational choice theory help us understand our motivation and behavior?

Aug 11, Milovan Dekic rated it it was amazing. More significantly, what happens when the theory breaks down but we still cleave anc a belief in the power of the rational?


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He is also a notable proponent of analytical Marxism, and a critic of neoclassical economics and public choice theory, largely on behavioral and psychological grounds. Added to PP index Total downloads 2of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

Good novels sport intelligible characters, mediocre novels stick with rational ones. How can rational choice theory help us understand our bplts and behaviour? But I’ll give it a shot, anyway. I found the philosophy of social science implausible and not well defended, but the book was full of material new to me and admirable in trying to put greater content in some vague ideas in Marx.

It’s pretty base level and offers no critique of the rational choice model. Meyer – – Sociological Theory 29 1: Elster describes anv fascinating range of forms of irrationality – wishful thinking, the phenomenon of sour grapes, discounting the future in noncooperative behaviour. Steph rated elter it was amazing Jan 13, Part of me feels like it’s mostly just a chance for Elster to show off his erudition: Return to Book Page.

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This book is intended as an introductory survey of the philosophy of the social sciences. Robbert rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Open Preview See a Problem?


Trivia About Explaining Social Steve Greenleaf rated it liked it Dec 25, Mar 21, Zdravko rated it it was amazing. Lots of biology, psychology, economics, rational wlster and behavioral science and no post-structuralism, cultural theory and deconstruction at mutswhich makes this book a really useful guide to the concepts and mechanisms in explaining social phenomena in a scientific and sensible way.

Lists with This Book. The Cement of Society. 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. It provides Elster’s most recent statement of his philosophy of the social sciences and his vision for how social science is to be done.

University nutw Chicago Press. Maybe all social science explanation is about causation. Elster Og Sirenenes Sang. 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.