Mystery of Capital and the Construction of Social Reality

Overview

This trail-blazing collection of original essays brings together the distinctive themes of two provocative and influential systems of thought: Hernando de Soto's analysis (in his Mystery of Capital) of why market capitalism is slow to 'take' in many third-world and post-Soviet countries, and John Searle's exploration (in his Construction of Social Reality) of the manner in which human society is constructed by the common acceptance of certain abstract mental categories.

...
See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $28.73   
  • New (4) from $28.73   
  • Used (3) from $29.19   
Sending request ...

Overview

This trail-blazing collection of original essays brings together the distinctive themes of two provocative and influential systems of thought: Hernando de Soto's analysis (in his Mystery of Capital) of why market capitalism is slow to 'take' in many third-world and post-Soviet countries, and John Searle's exploration (in his Construction of Social Reality) of the manner in which human society is constructed by the common acceptance of certain abstract mental categories.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812696158
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 What I Do, and How Philosophy Has Helped Me Hernando de Soto de Soto, Hernando 1

2 Social Ontology and Political Power John R. Searle Searle, John R. 19

3 Searle and de Soto: The New Ontology of the Social World Barry Smith Smith, Barry 35

4 The Construction of Social Reality: Searle, de Soto, and Disney Jeremy Shearmur Shearmur, Jeremy 53

5 How Philosophy and Science May Interact: A Case Study of Works by John Searle and Hernando de Soto Ingvar Johansson Johansson, Ingvar 79

6 Language and Institutions in Searle's The Construction of Social Reality Josef Moural Moural, Josef 97

7 The Mystery of Human Capital as Engine of Growth, or Why the U.S. became the Economic Superpower in the Twentieth Century Isaac Ehrlich Ehrlich, Isaac 113

8 Allocation and Misallocation of Human Capital: Some Lessons from Japan and Russia Serguey Braguinsky Braguinsky, Serguey 159

9 On the Essential Nature of Human Capital Gloria Zuniga y Postigo Zuniga y Postigo, Gloria 173

10 Property Law for Development Policy and Institutional Theory: Problems of Structure, Choice, and Change Errol Meidinger Meidinger, Errol 193

11 The Institutionalization of Real Property Rights: The Case of Denmark Erik Stubkjaer Stubkjaer, Erik 229

12 A Case for Simple Laws Andrew U. Frank Frank, Andrew U. 261

Postscript by Carlos Alejandro Cabrera Del Valle 276

13 Sovereigns, Squatters, and Property Rights: From Guano Islands to the Moon David R. Koepsell Koepsell, David R. 281

14 The Property Rights Prescription: Urban Migrants versus Rural Customary Land Tenure in the Developing World Jon D. Unruh Unruh, Jon D. 291

15 Geographic Regions as Brute Facts,Social Facts, and Institutional Facts Daniel R. Montello Montello, Daniel R. 305

16 Collective Intentionality, Documentation, and Real Estate Dan Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick, Dan 317

17 Real Institutions, and Really Legitimate Institutions Eric Palmer Palmer, Eric 331

Contributors 347

Index 351

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)