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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Philosophy of Anthropology and Sociology Elsevier,pp. Account Options Sign in. Written in accessible and jargon-free language, Elster aims at accuracy and clarity while eschewing formal models. This is a dense book and I made it through the whole thing, but I am afraid I don’t remember much.
An intriguing, difficult, exhausting and significant book. A vast amount of social science research is about aggregate level entities such as institutions, organizations, firms, and states.
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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. Request removal from index.
Explaining Social Behavior: More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences by Jon Elster
His point of departure is the conflict we all face between our desires and our opportunities. Nolts significantly, what happens when the theory breaks down but we still cleave to a belief in the power anf the rational?
More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences. Peter Jacobsson rated it really liked it Jul 19, Ludvig Bellehumeur rated it it was amazing Sep 24, In Defense of Explanatory Ecumenicalism. Contents Preface and Acknowledgments. Jun 09, Alex Zakharov rated it it was amazing. It provides Elster’s most recent statement of his philosophy of the social sciences and his vision for how social science epster to be done. His point of departure is the conflict we all face between our desires and our opportunities.
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Fundamental red for anyone who wants to engage in explaining human behavior. Elster describes the fascinating range of forms of irrationality–wishful thinking, the phenomenon of sour grapes, discounting the future in non-cooperative behavior.
Jon Elster, Explaining Social Behaviour: Some such process, for example, must underlie the constraints that produce efficient market outcomes, a possibility that Elster dismisses in a paragraph. It is essentially a nutts of exposition which offers a toolbox of mechanisms – nuts and bolts, cogs and wheels – that can be used to explain complex social phenomena. Shallow and lousy written. His point of departure is the conflict we all face between our desires and our opportunities.
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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.
Philosophy of social science primer. Science Logic and Mathematics. Elster also defended a philosophy of social science there that consisted of some form of methodological individualism and deep skepticism about functionalism in the social sciences.
This is true in political science in part because of Elster’s early work. No trivia or quizzes yet. In either case we explain all the time in everyday affairs and in the sciences without providing a mechanism in either sense, e. I do not feel changed by the book, nor do I feel any closer to understanding social behavior.
Open Preview See a Problem? In twenty-six succinct chapters, Jon Elster provides an account of the nature of explanation in the social sciences.
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. Steve Greenleaf rated it liked it Dec 25, Dean Rickles – – Philosophy in Review 28 3: Pickel – – Philosophy of the Social Sciences 40 1: Humphreys – – Philosophy of the Social Sciences 21 1: Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences.
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Good novels sport intelligible characters, mediocre novels stick with rational ones. It was a refreshing attempt to get some clarity on Marx’s social science.
It’s pretty base level and offers no critique of the rational choice model. However, I must give credit to any author who is willing to write a tome with his name on it promising that he will explain it.
User Review – Flag as inappropriate It’s pretty base level and offers no critique of the rational choice model. Not surprisingly the most cited researcher on human behavior in Elster’s discussion is Tocqueville.
The doubts about functional explanation and about structural constraints are dubious for related reasons.