David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Cambridge University Press (1977)
All social theorists and philosophers who seek to explain human action have a 'model of man', a metaphysical view of human nature. Some make man a plastic creature of nature and nurture, some present him as the autonomous creator of his social world, some offer a compromise. Each view needs its own theory of scientific knowledge calling for philosophic appraisal and the compromise sets harder puzzles than either. Passive accounts of man, for example, have a robust notion of causal explanation but cannot either find or dispense with a self to apply them to. Active accounts rightly stress an autonomous self, but lack a proper concept of explanation. Martin Hollis takes these tensions and contrasts from the thought of sociologists, economists, and psychologists. He then develops a model of his own - one which seeks to connect personal and social identity through an ambitious theory of rational action and a priori knowledge, proposing a sense in which men can act freely and still be a subject for scientific explanation.
|Keywords||Human beings Social action|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$2.99 used (93% off) $37.50 direct from Amazon $339.27 new Amazon page|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
J. David Velleman (2002). Motivation by Ideal. Philosophical Explorations 5 (2):89 – 103.
Kenneth J. Gergen (1990). Reflections on a Catalytic Companion Kenneth J. Gergen. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 20 (4):305–321.
David Gorman (1987). Provocation on Belief: Part. Social Epistemology 1 (1):97 – 99.
Mark Kaplan (1989). The Nature of Human Nature and its Bearing on Public Health Policy: An Application. Social Epistemology 3 (3):251 – 259.
Wendelin Reich (2010). Three Problems of Intersubjectivity—And One Solution. Sociological Theory 28 (1):40 - 63.
Similar books and articles
Giuseppe Padovani (2000). The Artificial Between Culture and Nature. AI and Society 14 (3-4):300-313.
G. W. Trompf (1980). Book Reviews : Models of Man: Philosophical Thoughts on Social Action. By Martin Hollis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977. Pp. VII + 198. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 10 (3):336-341.
Seumas Miller (2001). Social Action: A Teleological Account. Cambridge University Press.
Mary Midgley (1978). Models of Man: Philosophical Thoughts on Social Action. By Martin Hollis. Cambridge University Press, 1977, Vii + 195 Pp., £7.00, £2.50 Paper. [REVIEW] Philosophy 53 (204):279-.
John D. Greenwood (1990). The Social Constitution of Action: Objectivity and Explanation. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 20 (2):195-207.
John Ferejohn (2002). Symposium on Explanations and Social Ontology 1: Rational Choice Theory and Social Explanation. Economics and Philosophy 18 (2):211-234.
Guy A. M. Widdershoven (1985). Handlung Und Struktur. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 16 (1):96-112.
Doug Mann (1999). The Limits of Instrumental Rationality in Social Explanation. Critical Review 13 (1-2):165-189.
Matti Sintonen, Petri Ylikoski & Kaarlo Miller (eds.) (2003). Realism in Action: Essays in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads27 ( #75,226 of 1,679,369 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #78,612 of 1,679,369 )
How can I increase my downloads?