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The Ant Trap : Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences

Author: Brian Epstein
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Series: Oxford studies in philosophy of science.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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We live in a world of crowds and corporations, legislatures and languages, money and markets. These are all social objects - they are made, at least in part, by people and communities. But what exactly are these things? How are they made, and what is the role of people in making them? 'The Ant Trap' rewrites our understanding of the nature of the social world and the foundations of the social sciences.
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Epstein, Brian.
Ant Trap : Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences.
Cary : Oxford University Press, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Epstein
ISBN: 9780199381111 0199381119 9780199381128 0199381127
OCLC Number: 902673758
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2016 American Philosophical Association Joseph B. Gittler Award Winner of the 2016 Lakatos Award.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Individualism : a recipe for warding off spirits --
Getting to the consensus view --
Seeds of doubt --
Another puzzle : a competing consensus --
Tools and terminology --
Grounding and anchoring --
Case study : laws as frame principles --
Two kinds of individualism --
Against conjunctivism --
Groups and constitution --
Simple facts about groups --
The identity of groups --
Kinds of groups --
Group attitudes : patterns of grounding --
Group action : more than member action --
Group intention --
Other theories I : social integrate models --
Other theories II : status models.
Series Title: Oxford studies in philosophy of science.
Responsibility: Brian Epstein.

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