David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Critical Review 9 (1-2):223-234 (1995)
Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory is a largely valid critique of the rational choice approach to politics. Rational choice theory may be useful under some conditions, but a general characterization of these suggests that American political behavior is unpromising terrain. Some forms of behavior cannot without strain be treated as instrumental; some sources of behavior cannot be accomodated by any theory built wholly out of preferences and beliefs. Explaining cooperation, in particular, requires attention to normative, expressive, and intrinsic motivations and social identification, and to the conditions in which they are mobilized.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
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
Doug Mann (1999). The Limits of Instrumental Rationality in Social Explanation. Critical Review 13 (1-2):165-189.
Similar books and articles
Peter Stone (2003). The Impossibility of Rational Politics? Politics, Philosophy and Economics 2 (2):239-263.
Stanley Kelley (1995). The Promise and Limitations of Rational Choice Theory. Critical Review 9 (1-2):95-106.
Donald P. Green & Ian Shapiro (1995). Pathologies Revisited: Reflections on Our Critics. Critical Review 9 (1-2):235-276.
Robert E. Lane (1995). What Rational Choice Explains. Critical Review 9 (1-2):107-126.
James Bernard Murphy (1995). Rational Choice Theory as Social Physics. Critical Review 9 (1-2):155-174.
Fernando Aguiar & Andrés de Francisco (2009). Rational Choice, Social Identity, and Beliefs About Oneself. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39 (4):547-571.
Stuart Rachels (2009). On Three Alleged Theories of Rational Behavior. Utilitas 21 (4):506-520.
Edward F. McClennen (1990). Rationality and Dynamic Choice: Foundational Explorations. Cambridge University Press.
Franz Dietrich & Christian List (2013). A Reason-Based Theory of Rational Choice. Noûs 47 (1):104-134.
Joseph Heath (1996). Rational Choice as Critical Theory. Philosophy and Social Criticism 22 (5):43-62.
Robert P. Abelson (1995). The Secret Existence of Expressive Behavior. Critical Review 9 (1-2):25-36.
Robert J. Holton (1995). Rational Choice Theory in Sociology. Critical Review 9 (4):519-537.
Added to index2011-10-18
Total downloads4 ( #621,040 of 1,926,182 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #453,420 of 1,926,182 )
How can I increase my downloads?