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Reason in Action
Essays in the Philosophy of Social Science

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  • Date Published: January 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521442633

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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 these essays, culled in revised form from twenty-five years' work, Martin Hollis argues that social action cannot be understood by viewing human beings as abstract individuals with preferences in search of satisfaction, or by divorcing practical reason from questions of the rationality of norms, principles, practices and ends.

    • Hollis is a major figure in this area of philosophy
    • The essays (in revised form) span 25 years of his work
    • Of strong appeal to both philosophers and social scientists
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    "Hollis's thoughtful and provocative essays will reward anyone interested in these and other topics addressed in this volume." International Philosophical Quarterly

    "Martin Hollis has made significant contributions over many years to the theory of rationality and the role of this concept within the human sciences. Hollis's signal contribution is his persistent effort to bring these questions back to philosophy, and to locate the points of intersection between the theory of rationality and a host of important philosophical issues....Reason in Action is a highly successful volume which will reward the attention of a wide audience of philosophers and social scientists. Hollis sheds important light on foundational problems in the human sciences through his developed discussion of issues of individual rationality, cross-cultural standards of rationality, and standards of interpretation of human action." Daniel Little, Ethics

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    • Date Published: January 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521442633
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

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    Martin Hollis

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