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Methodological Cognitivism

Vol. 1: Mind, Rationality, and Society

Viale, Riccardo

2012, XIV, 354 p.

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Possibly, future historians will describe the social sciences of the early 21st century as having successfully taken a cognitive turn thanks to which they were able to analyze more realistically human behavior as well as the collective effects of individual actionsas the book of Riccardo Viale illustrates. - Raymond Boudon, Institut de France

Riccardo Viale brings important new thinking to the relations among culture, cognition, and strategic choice. His essays help to bridge the divide between psychologism and methodological individualism, drawing on new research in neuroscience, and expand the reach of economic and rational choice analysis to deal with diverse forms of cognition. -  Craig Calhoun, Director, London School of Economics and Political Science, President, Social Science Research Council, New York

These essays by Riccardo Viale draw their arguments from a wide range of sources and disciplines: philosophy, several fields of psychology, cognitive science, various parts of the history of economic thought. All of these different perspectives are coherently focused on the subject of how to understand purposive human behavior, principally in economic contexts but more broadly too. The particular orientation of many of them is towards the question of what it might mean to call purposive behavior “rational”, and the possible awkwardness of doing so in the face of what we know empirically.  I know of no other author who has addressed this issue from such a broad background, and successfully. - Richard R. Nelson, Columbia University

This is an impressive book on a wide range of philosophical topics that are highly relevant for social scientists. Even those who are not specialists in the philosophy of the social sciences,  will find the discussion highly useful for their substantive work. - Karl-Dieter Opp, Emeritus, University of Leipzig, Institute of Sociology

 

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