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Individuality and entanglement : the moral and material bases of social life

Author: Herbert Gintis
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book, acclaimed economist Herbert Gintis ranges widely across many fields—including economics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, moral philosophy, and biology—to provide a rigorous transdisciplinary explanation of some fundamental characteristics of human societies and social behavior. Because such behavior can be understood only through transdisciplinary research, Gintis argues, Individuality and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herbert Gintis
ISBN: 9780691172910 0691172919
OCLC Number: 948560960
Description: xxii, 357 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Gene-culture coevolution --
Zoon politikon : the evolutionary origins of human socio-political systems --
Distributed effectivity : political theory and rational choice --
Power and trust in competitive markets --
Rational choice revealed and defended --
An analytical core for sociology --
The theory of action reclaimed --
The evolution of property --
The sociology of the genome --
Gene-culture coevolution and the internalization of norms --
The economy as complex dynamical system --
The future of the behavioral sciences.
Responsibility: Herbert Gintis.

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In this book, acclaimed economist Herbert Gintis ranges widely across many fields—including economics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, moral philosophy, and biology—to provide a rigorous transdisciplinary explanation of some fundamental characteristics of human societies and social behavior. Because such behavior can be understood only through transdisciplinary research, Gintis argues, Individuality and Entanglement advances the effort to unify the behavioral sciences by developing a shared analytical framework—one that bridges research on gene-culture coevolution, the rational-actor model, game theory, and complexity theory. At the same time, the book persuasively demonstrates the rich possibilities of such transdisciplinary work. Everything distinctive about human social life, Gintis argues, flows from the fact that we construct and then play social games. Indeed, society itself is a game with rules, and politics is the arena in which we affirm and change these rules. Individuality is central to our species because the rules do not change through inexorable macrosocial forces. Rather, individuals band together to change the rules. Our minds are also socially entangled, producing behavior that is socially rational, although it violates the standard rules of individually rational choice. Finally, a moral sense is essential for playing games with socially constructed rules. People generally play by the rules, are ashamed when they break the rules, and are offended when others break the rules, even in societies that lack laws, government, and jails. Throughout the book, Gintis shows that it is only by bringing together the behavioral sciences that such basic aspects of human behavior can be understood.--

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