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Methodological Individualism: Background, History and Meaning

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Throughout the history of social thought, there has been a constant battle over the true nature of society, and the best way to understand and explain it. This volume covers the development of methodological individualism, including the individualist theory of society from Greek antiquity to modern social science. It is a comprehensive and systematic treatment of ...more
Hardcover, 468 pages
Published October 12th 2001 by Routledge (first published August 23rd 2001)
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Excellent in-depth discussion of the various forms of methodological individualism, the idea that all explanations in the human sciences (sociology, economics, etc.) should be, at least in principle, explainable by reference to individual choices and actions, and that entities such as "society" or "class" either do no exist (strong methodological individualism, aka ontological individualism) or are an inadequate basis for explanation and understanding. I came at it wanting to know how solid the ...more
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