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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Robbert rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Within a brief compass, Jon Elster covers a vast range of topics.
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Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Trust, Hope and Empowerment. His point of departure is the conflict we all face between our desires and our opportunities. An underlying premise here is that near the entirety of social science can be found in the annals of the less prestigious ‘subject’ of history. Peter Jacobsson rated it really liked it Jul 19, How can rational choice theory help us understand our motivation and behaviour?
It brought concepts from game ad 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.
It is essentially a work of exposition which offers a toolbox of mechanisms – nuts and bolts, cogs and wheels – that can be used to nnuts complex social phenomena. Mechanisms can either be horizontal — between the cause and effect — or vertical, viz. Written in accessible and jargon-free language, Elster aims at accuracy and clarity while eschewing formal models.
Thomas Faist No preview available – If these notions are unfamiliar to you, Elster’s book is one place to learn something about them, though you will not get anything like a survey of the state of play in social research using these tools.
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In either case we explain all the time in everyday affairs and in the sciences without providing a mechanism in either nute, e. Thus the “nuts and bolts” Elster offers are a weak imitation of the real causal explanations the social and behavioral sciences provide these days. Refresh and try again. Account Options Sign in.
Find it on Scholar. Maybe all social science explanation is about causation.
I found the philosophy of social science implausible and not well defended, but the book was full of material new to me and admirable in trying to put greater content in some vague ideas in Marx. How can rational choice theory help us understand our motivation and behaviour?
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Part Two Human Action. Within a brief compass, Jon Elster covers a vast range of topics. Rios – – Bolgs of the Social Sciences 39 2: My library Help Advanced Book Search.
Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences
The basic philosophy of social science claims are these: Jul 25, Jesper Balslev rated it it was amazing Shelves: Elster describes the fascinating range of forms of irrationality – wishful thinking, the phenomenon of sour grapes, discounting the future in noncooperative behaviour. Institutions are not derived from rational choices of agents but are instead essential to explanations invoking them. More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences.
Request removal from index. This is a dense book and I made it through ane whole thing, but I am afraid I don’t remember much. Return to Book Page.
These results present a strong prima facie case against the idea that social science can be done “by referring only to individuals. A vast amount of social research about the behavior of individuals is of individuals in roles and positions in institutions, organizations, etc. It’s pretty base level and offers no critique of the rational choice juts. So I didn’t really engage with it.
Explaining Social Behavior: More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences
Jon Elster, Explaining Social Behaviour: It provides Elster’s most recent statement of his philosophy of the social sciences and his vision for how social science is to be done. No keywords specified fix it. This book is intended as an introductory survey of the philosophy of the social sciences.
In Defense of Explanatory Ecumenicalism.