Reason in Action: Essays in the Philosophy of Social Science / Edition 1

Reason in Action: Essays in the Philosophy of Social Science / Edition 1

by Martin Hollis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521447798

ISBN-13: 9780521447799

Pub. Date: 03/28/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

These essays argue that social action cannot be understood by viewing human beings as abstract individuals with preferences in search of satisfaction, nor by divorcing practical reason from questions of the rationality of norms, principles, practices and ends.

Overview

These essays argue that social action cannot be understood by viewing human beings as abstract individuals with preferences in search of satisfaction, nor by divorcing practical reason from questions of the rationality of norms, principles, practices and ends.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521447799
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1. Prologue: reason in action; Part I. Rational Choice: 2. Three men in a drought; 3. Rational preferences; 4. The ant and the grasshopper; 5. Moves and motives; 6. A rational agent's gotta do what a rational agent's gotta do!; Part II. Roles and Reasons: 7. Of masks and men; 8. Honour among thieves; 9. Dirty hands; 10. A death of one's own; 11. Friends, Romans and consumers; Part III. Other Cultures, Other Minds: 12. The limits of irrationality; 13. Reason and ritual; 14. The social destruction of reality; 15. Hook, line and sinker; 16. Say it with flowers; 17. Reasons of honour.

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