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'[Hollis's] extremely clear, sharp, witty style ... makes the entire book very well worth reading. I find his central point entirely persuasive, and it may well be that his careful and courteous defence of it will be the best way to bring it home to those who still see witchcraft in any suggestion that the world must be explained in different ways for different purposes.' Philosophy
'Why do human beings behave in detail exactly as they do and not in some other way? What, if anything, causes them so to act? How can we validly explain the fact that they do in practice act this way and not differently? ... It is the distinctive merit of Martin Hollis's exceedingly clever ... little book to ram home the priority of these vertiginous metaphysical questions to any intellectually coherent attempt to understand one another, individually or by the gross. Radical interpretation is simply the stuff of human life; and the social sciences are radical interpretation on stilts.' New Society
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Martin Hollis (1938-98) was a philosopher of the social sciences and game theory and is best known for his rationalism. He was Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia and eventually Pro-Vice-Chancellor until his death in 1998.
Preface to this edition Geoffrey Hawthorn; Preface; 1. Two models; Part I. Plastic Man: 2. Nature and nurture; 3. The regularity of the moral world; Part II. Autonomous Man: 4. Life's short comedy; 5. Personal identity and social identity; 6. Elements of action; Part III. Other Minds: 7. The rational and the real; 8. Ideal understanding; 9. Envoi: actor and context; Bibliography; Index of names.