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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Part of me feels like it’s mostly just a chance for Elster to show off his erudition: Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences.
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Jan 05, Alexander Anderson rated it really liked it. This is a place to start and to always come back for every social scientist. More significantly, what happens when elstef theory breaks down but we still cleave to a belief in the power of the rational?
It’s pretty base level and offers no nnuts of the rational choice model. Katie rated it really liked it Jul 31, The “nuts and bolts” have also not advanced elxter, and the current volume describes elementary commonly known concepts such as expected utility and the prisoner’s dilemma that would bopts already be in the tool kit of anyone with a decent undergraduate education in the social sciences.
We are all aware of the criticism the ‘hard’ scientists level against social scientists that sociology is not a real sciencethe author courageously attempts to address this contemptuous point of view. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is essentially a work of exposition which offers a toolbox of mechanisms – nuts and bolts, cogs and wheels – that can be used to explain complex social phenomena.
A mechanism is a “frequently occurring and easily recognizable causal pattern. Jilt Jorritsma rated it really liked it Jan 17, Quotes from Nuts and Bolts fo Moreover, explanations of individual behavior are consistently given by taking the institutional context as given and then explaining individual behavior in terms of it.
Many cognitive scientists believe that most behavior is not best explained in these terms. Written in accessible and jargon-free language, Elster aims at accuracy and clarity while eschewing formal models. May 18, aarjav marked it as to-read. Not being an economist this book was dense for me in many places but my daughter, studying social economics in grad school, encouraged me to complete it.
This is true in political science in part because of Elster’s early work. Lists with This Book. This mostly served to prime me for in-class discussions and lend some context to the professor’s lectures, or suggest examples. Not surprisingly the most cited researcher on human behavior lester Elster’s discussion is Tocqueville.
His point of departure is the conflict we all face between our desires and our opportunities.
His point of departure is the conflict we all face between our desires and our opportunities. No trivia or quizzes yet.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. It brought concepts from game theory to an area where they had not been applied before, and Elster went on to be crucial in making game theory ideas popular in political science.
Cambridge University PressJul 28, – Philosophy – pages. Added to PP index Total downloads 2of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Some such process, for example, must underlie the constraints that produce efficient market outcomes, a possibility that Elster dismisses in a paragraph. User Review – Flag as inappropriate It’s pretty base level and offers no critique of the rational choice model. In a short review such as this I can only point briefly to the most obvious difficulties.
This book is intended as an introductory survey of the philosophy of the social sciences.
Philosophy of Anthropology and Sociology Elsevier,pp. The book consists of five sections: However, since many think that explanation in the physical sciences is often not about causation but instead about systematic unification, these alternative possibilities need to be taken seriously unts the social sciences as well, and obviously the issues require much more than the few sentences of analysis that Elster gives.
Mar 21, Zdravko rated it it was amazing. The idea that human action must be explained in terms anr the beliefs and desires of the agent is something that I would have thought empirical science had shown false long ago. Jon Elster, Explaining Social Behaviour: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Part Two Human Action.
Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences
Cambridge University Press Rachel Nicholas rated it liked it Dec 17, Nuta significantly, what happens when the theory breaks ellster but we still cleave to a belief in the power of the rational?
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Now, over twenty years later, Elster has published innumerable books, so many that Cambridge catalogues have a section entitled “Books By Jon Elster” along with their subject area categories.
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In twenty-six succinct chapters, Jon Elster provides an account of the nature of explanation in the social sciences. Moreover, the notion of “mechanisms” is ambiguous as well. Steve Greenleaf rated it liked it Dec 25, Sarah Hailey rated it really liked it Feb 12, Since a mechanism is on Elster’s view a causal pattern, it is hard to see how identifying the cause of a social event does not explain it as Elster claims — elser are defined in terms of causes flster Elster.