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The Cunning of Reason

The Cunning of Reason

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  • Date Published: February 1988
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521270397

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  • In this book, the author is attempting to make sense, as a philosopher, of the ideas of rationality put forward by economists, sociologists, and political theorists. The book intervenes in intense current debates within and among several disciplines. Its concern is with the true nature of social actors and the proper character of social science. Its arguments are the more challenging for being presented in simple, incisive, and lucid prose.

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    'Anyone reading The Cunning of Reason will find much that is thought-provoking in Hollis' stylish and richly allusive discussion.' Sociology

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    • Date Published: February 1988
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521270397
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. The sovereign artificer
    2. Rational choice
    3. Norms and institutions
    4. The Cunning of Reason I: unintended consequences
    5. Motivation
    6. External and internal reasons
    7. Rational expectations
    8. Maximising and satisficing
    9. The Cunning of Reason II: functions and rules
    10. Reasons and roles
    11. Rationality and understanding
    12. The Cunning of Reason III: self and society
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Martin Hollis

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