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Beyond Relativism: Raymond Boudon, Cognitive Rationality and Critical Realism / Edition 1

Beyond Relativism: Raymond Boudon, Cognitive Rationality and Critical Realism / Edition 1

by Cynthia Lins Hamlin, Hamlin Cynthia


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415258517
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/01/2002
Series: Routledge Studies in Critical Realism (Routledge Critical Realism) Series
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Lins Hamlin is a lecturer in social theory at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. She is currently the editor of the Brazilian journal Estudos de Sociologica

Table of Contents

1. The Action Paradigm: Bringing the Agent Back In
Interactionist and Determinist Paradigms of Action
Nominalism, Rationalism and Individualism
Structure, Agency and Methodological Individualism
The Concept of Structure and its Relation to Theoretical Structures
Concluding Remarks
Linking Structure and Agency in Boudon's Substantive Analyses
The Early Phase: The Sociology of Education
The Intermediate Phase: Perverse Effects and Social Order
The Most Recent Phase: The Study of Ideas
Concluding Remarks
Beyond Homo Sociologicus And Homo Oeconomicus: A Complex Theory of Rationality
Utilitarianism and the Social Sciences
The Sceptical Approach Towards Rationality
The Classical and the Utilitarian Approaches and Some Attempts to Correct Them
The Homonymic Definition of Rationality
The Wittgensteinian Concept of Rationality
The Rational Model in the Broad Sense: Towards a Synthetic Theory of Rationality
Concluding Remarks
Understanding, Explanation and Objectivity
The Neo-Durkheimian Paradigm
The Paradigm of Interpretive Sociology
The Neo-Weberian Paradigm
The Uniqueness of Truth
Everything has a Cause
Functional and Historical Approaches in the New-Weberian Explanation of Action
The Davidson-Elster Account of Social Explanation: Reasons as Causes Concluding Remarks

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