Review of Metaphysics 40 (1):138-140 (1986)

In Microeconomic Laws, Rosenberg defended neoclassical economic theory against the charge that it at best provides ad hoc truisms concerning economic action. This defense was carried out within realist and empiricist confines; Rosenberg rejected attempts to defend microeconomics by either instrumentalist or rationalist analyses. While Microeconomic Laws was optimistic regarding the legitimacy and success of empiricist microeconomics, Sociobiology and the Preemption of Social Science is the opposite, and is directed at all social science. Empiricist social science, Rosenberg claims, is sterile. It has failed to provide more than ad hoc generalizations, and there is reason to think it will never do better. This is not to suggest rationalist or non-realist analyses of social science; rather, it is grounds to forego traditional social science and take up sociobiology.
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