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A Note on Methodological Individualism

In Mohamed Cherkaoui Peter Hamilton (ed.), Raymond Boudon. A Life in Sociology (2009)

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  1. Explaining Patterns, Not Details: Reevaluating Rational Choice Models in Light of Their Explananda.Catherine Herfeld - 2018 - Journal of Economic Methodology 25 (2):179-209.
    It has been argued persistently that economic models frequently suffer from poor empirical performance because they rely upon empirically inadequate behavioral foundations, i.e. theories of rational choice. In this paper, I argue that much of this criticism misses the point: it assumes that economics is about explaining human behavior when in fact, since Adam Smith, economists have been more interested in explaining patterns that emerge from social interaction. While some minimal account of human behavior is needed for explaining such phenomena, (...)
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  • Scientific Explanation.C. Mantzavinos - 2015 - In International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Elsevier. pp. 302-307.
    There are three main approaches to scientific explanation in the philosophical literature. The unification approach claims that science explains by fitting the particular facts and events within a general theoretical framework. The mechanistic approach claims that science explains by identifying mechanisms. According to the manipulationist approach an explanation ought to be such that it can be used to answer a “what-if-things-had-been-different question.” The article examines whether these three approaches are compatible or not in the case of the social sciences, and (...)
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  • Analytical Sociology: A Bungean Appreciation.Poe Yu-ze Wan - 2012 - Science & Education 21 (10):1545-1565.
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  • The Diversity of Rational Choice Theory: A Review Note.Catherine Herfeld - forthcoming - Topoi:1-19.
    In this paper, I review the literature on rational choice theory to scrutinize a number of criticisms that philosophers have voiced against its usefulness in economics. The paper has three goals: first, I argue that the debates about RCT have been characterized by disunity and confusion about the object under scrutiny, which calls into question the effectiveness of those criticisms. Second, I argue that RCT is not a single and unified choice theory—let alone an empirical theory of human behavior—as some (...)
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