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Rethinking the Individualism-Holism Debate

Essays in the Philosophy of Social Science

Editors: Zahle, Julie, Collin, Finn (Eds.)

  • 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
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About this book

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.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Zahle, Julie (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • What Is Individualism in Social Ontology? Ontological Individualism vs. Anchor Individualism

    Epstein, Brian

    Pages 17-38

  • Social Entities and the Basis of Their Powers

    Elder-Vass, Dave

    Pages 39-53

  • Actor-Centered Sociology and the New Pragmatism

    Little, Daniel

    Pages 55-75

  • Three Issues in Social Ontology

    Pettit, Philip

    Pages 77-96

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-05344-8
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: November 4, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34676-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rethinking the Individualism-Holism Debate
Book Subtitle
Essays in the Philosophy of Social Science
Editors
  • Julie Zahle
  • Finn Collin
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
372
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-05344-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-05344-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-05343-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34676-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 255
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
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