How Do Institutions Steer Events?: An Inquiry into the Limits and Possibilities of Rational Thought and Action

How Do Institutions Steer Events?: An Inquiry into the Limits and Possibilities of Rational Thought and Action

by John Wettersten

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ISBN-13: 9781351930253
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/02/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 316
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John Wettersten is the Adjunct Professor for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Mannheim, Germany.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction. Part 1 Philosophical Background: Weber and Popper: The limits of Weber's methodological individualism; Popper posed and solved new problems, but more was possible. Part 2 Why the Social Sciences Need an Alternative Theory of Rationality: Problems with individualist social theory; How can individualism account for institutions?; Limits of rationality call for a new ideal; Albert's critique of neoclassical economics fails to show a way forward; Problems with the rationality principle; Social anthropology remains too holistic; Traditional theories of rationality harm political theory and ethics. Part 3 Fabillist Institutionalism: Rationality is problem-solving, critical and social; How are institutions and individuals related?; How to study institutions; Institutions which hinder rationality; How can social reform be critical?; Institutions and ethics. Conclusion: Spinoza's project and social science today; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

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