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Philosophy - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science | Rethinking the Individualism-Holism Debate - Essays in the Philosophy of Social Science

Rethinking the Individualism-Holism Debate

Essays in the Philosophy of Social Science

Series: Synthese Library, Vol. 372

Zahle, Julie, Collin, Finn (Eds.)

2014, VI, 255 p. 5 illus.

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  • Introduces and covers the newest developments in the individualism/holism debate
  • Offers the most recent collection of papers on this topic, since 1973
  • Presents papers by key figures within the debate, from both philosophy and social science

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.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Collective Responsibility - Methodological Holism - Methodological individualism - Micro-Macro Relations - Ontological holism - Ontological individualism - Social phenomena sui generis - Supervenience

Related subjects » Applications - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Social Sciences

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