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Reason in Action (inbunden)

Reason in Action

Essays in the Philosophy of Social Science

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Did 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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'... this book presents an elegantly argued and forcefully stated counter-challenge to the naturalists.' British Journal of Sociology

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1. Prologue: reason in action; Part I. Rational Choice: 2. Three men in a drought; 3. Rational preferences; 4. The ant and the grasshopper; 5. Moves and motives; 6. A rational agent's gotta do what a rational agent's gotta do!; Part II. Roles and Reasons: 7. Of masks and men; 8. Honour among thieves; 9. Dirty hands; 10. A death of one's own; 11. Friends, Romans and consumers; Part III. Other Cultures, Other Minds: 12. The limits of irrationality; 13. Reason and ritual; 14. The social destruction of reality; 15. Hook, line and sinker; 16. Say it with flowers; 17. Reasons of honour.