Rethinking the Individualism-Holism Debate: Essays in the Philosophy of Social Science by Julie ZahleRethinking the Individualism-Holism Debate: Essays in the Philosophy of Social Science by Julie Zahle

Rethinking the Individualism-Holism Debate: Essays in the Philosophy of Social Science

EditorJulie Zahle, Finn Collin

Hardcover | June 25, 2014

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This collection of papers investigates the most recent debates about individualism and holism in the philosophy of social science. The debates revolve mainly around two issues: firstly, whether social phenomena exist sui generis and how they relate to individuals. This is the focus of discussions between ontological individualists and ontological holists. Secondly, to what extent social scientific explanations may and should, focus on individuals and social phenomena respectively. This issue is debated amongst methodological holists and methodological individualists.

In social science and philosophy, both issues have been intensively discussed and new versions of the dispute have appeared just as new arguments have been advanced. At present, the individualism/holism debate is extremely lively and this book reflects the major positions and perspectives within the debate. This volume is also relevant to debates about two closely related issues in social science: the micro-macro debate and the agency-structure debate.

This book presents contributions from key figures in both social science and philosophy, in the first such collection on this topic to be published since the 1970s.

Title:Rethinking the Individualism-Holism Debate: Essays in the Philosophy of Social ScienceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:215 pagesPublished:June 25, 2014Publisher:Springer International PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319053434

ISBN - 13:9783319053431

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Julie Zahle and Finn Collin.- Part I. Ontological Individualism-Holism.- What is Individualism in Social Ontology? Ontological Individualism vs. Anchor Individualism; Brian Epstein.- Social entities and the basis of their powers; Dave Elder-Vass.- Methodological localism and actor-centered sociology; Daniel Little.- Collective Responsibility and Group-Control; András Szigeti.- Rethinking Micro-Macro Relations; Petri Ylikoski.- Part II. Methodological Individualism-Holism.- Dead Ends and Live Issues in the Individualism-Holism Debate; Harold Kincaid.- Explanatory Strategies beyond the individualism/holism debate; Jeroen van Bouwel.-  Holism, Emergence and the Crucial Distinction; Julie Zahle.- Who are the Actors?; Finn Collin.- Are Individuals Fickle-Minded?; Mathew McCubbins & Mark Turner.