Reason in Action
Essays in the Philosophy of Social Science
By (author) Martin Hollis
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Reason in Action by Martin Hollis
Book DescriptionDid Adam and Eve act rationally in eating the fruit of the forbidden tree? That can seem to depend solely on whether they had found the best means to their ends, in the spirit of the 'economic' theories of rationality. In this 1995 book, Martin Hollis respects the elegance and power of these theories but judges their paradoxes endemic. He argues 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. These essays, focused on the themes of 'rational choice', 'roles and reasons' and 'other cultures, other minds', make the point and explore alternative approaches. Culled in revised form from twenty-five years' work, the essays range across periods and disciplines with a philosophical imagination and vivid prose, which will engage philosophers and social scientists alike.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521447799
(216mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Dec-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Martin Hollis
Models of Man, Hardback (October 2015)
This classic book is Martin Hollis's influential rationalist account and exploration of human action and identity.
Rational Economic Man, Paperback (February 2007)
Discusses the alliance between economics and philosophy.
Pluralism and Liberal Neutrality, Paperback (February 1999)
This book explores the crisis of liberalism, as located in the liberal claim to endorse a set of neutral procedures that allow individuals and groups to pursue their own good.
Trust within Reason, Hardback (March 1998)» View all books by Martin Hollis
This study examines key issues related to trust, reason and reciprocity.
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