Explaining Social Behavior

More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences


Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Language: English | Number of Pages: 484 | Format: Paperback | In other languages: (other languages) Italian

Isbn-10: 0521777445 | Isbn-13: 9780521777445 | Publish date:  | Edition 1

Also available as: Hardcover

Category: Philosophy , Social Science

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Book Description
This book is an expanded and revised edition of the author's critically 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 social sciences. He offers an overview of key explanatory mechanisms in the social sciences, relying on hundreds of examples and drawing on a large variety of sources-psychology, behavioral economics, biology, political science, historical writings, philosophy and fiction. Written in accessible and jargon-free language, Elster aims at accuracy and clarity while eschewing formal models.