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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Social science explanations frequently identify patterns which seem to be only discernible at more macro scales. Within a brief compass, Jon Elster covers Thanks for telling us about the problem. Thomas Faist No preview available – Dean Rickles – – Philosophy in Review 28 3: 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.
How can rational choice theory help us understand our motivation and behavior? Science Logic and Mathematics. How can rational choice theory help us understand our motivation and behaviour?
Need mechanism elwter explanation. Request removal nut index. Mar 23, Nick Short rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Much cognitive science is about things like navigation, clock-keeping, and microscale reward valuation that is regarded as implicit and not proposition-like even though it involves representation.
Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences
Elster describes the fascinating range of forms of irrationality – wishful thinking, the phenomenon of sour grapes, discounting the future in noncooperative behaviour. Selected pages Table of Contents.
To see what your friends thought of this book, elsfer sign up. Unfortunately, the initial vision of Making Sense of Marx has degenerated into an unpromising picture of social science as largely built on folk wisdom and insights from literature about human nature.
Adhering to the classically rational behavior tends to make it unintelligible.
Elster describes the fascinating range of forms of irrationality – wishful thinking, the phenomenon of sour grapes, discounting the future in noncooperative behaviour. Part Two Human Action. The claims about mechanisms are more plausible, but they have minimal content. Katie rated it really liked it Jul 31, A mechanism is a “frequently occurring and easily recognizable causal pattern. Elster’s latest addition is Explaining Social Behavior: His point of departure is the conflict we all face between our desires and our opportunities.
User Review – Flag as inappropriate It’s pretty base level and offers no critique of the rational choice model. Paul Weirich – – Philosophical Books 33 1: Jilt Jorritsma rated it really liked it Jan 17, Ludvig Bellehumeur rated it it was amazing Sep 24, Jon Elster Explaining Social Behavior: The doubts about functional explanation and about structural constraints are dubious for related reasons. However, since many think that explanation in the physical sciences is often not about causation but instead about systematic unification, these alternative possibilities need blots be taken seriously in the social sciences as well, and obviously the issues require much more than the few sentences of analysis that Elster gives.
Explaining Social Behavior: More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences by Jon Elster
My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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. If these notions are unfamiliar to you, Elster’s book is one place to learn something about them, though you will not get anything like a survey of the state of play in social research using these tools.
Gives a nice direction about how to think straight about it. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.
The book consists of five sections: Jun 09, Alex Zakharov rated it it was amazing. This is a dense book and I made it through the whole thing, but I am afraid I don’t remember much. Account Options Sign in.
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Elster’s book favors this kind of bolgs while almost entirely ignoring the vast body of social and cognitive science evidence accumulated on the explanation of behavior. Cambridge University Press, Steph rated it it was amazing Jan 13, Moreover, the notion of “mechanisms” is ambiguous as well. Avoid if you can.
Explaining Social Behaviour is a very erudite, very intelligent scholar’s attempt to translate the mind boggling complexities of social interaction, myriad of behaviours and infinite motivations into a logical structure with mathematical underpinnings, a sort of sociological calculus. Lots of biology, psychology, economics, rational choice and behavioral science and no post-structuralism, cultural theory and deconstruction at allwhich makes this book a really useful guide to the concepts and mechanisms in explaining social phenomena in a scientific and sensible way.
As anybody familiar with the literature in the last two decades in the philosophy of the social sciences will recognize, these claims are in need of clarification and defense.
Jul 25, Bo,ts Balslev rated it it was amazing Shelves: Within a brief compass, Jon Elster covers a vast range of topics. Maybe all social science explanation is about causation.
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. So I didn’t really engage with it. Mechanisms can either be horizontal — between the cause and effect — nutw vertical, viz.