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Individualism in Social Science: Forms and Limits of a Methodology

Rajeev Bhargava


The literature on methodological individualism is characterized by a widely held view that if the doctrine were stated with sufficient care it would be seen to be trivially true. This book questions this view. It begins by carefully disentangling the various formulations of the doctrine, identifies its most plausible version, and finally locates the principal assumption underlying it, namely that beliefs are attitudes individuated entirely in terms of what lies within the individual mind. The author argues that once this individualist assumption is challenged it is possible to rehabilitate a n ... More

Keywords: methodological individualism, beliefs, attitudes, individual mind, non-individualist methodology, actions, social context, individuals

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Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198242796
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242796.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rajeev Bhargava, author
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
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