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Self-interest, norms, and explanation
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, The Institute for Analytical Sociology, IAS. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5237-9695
University of Helsinki, Finland.
2016 (English)In: Normativity and Naturalism in the Social Sciences / [ed] Mark Risjord, London: Routledge, 2016, 212-229 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Rationality and self-interest are routinely attributed an explanatory priority as an inherently understandable basis - as an ideal of natural order - for all social scientific explanation. We argue that this is not consistent with a causal-mechanistic understanding of science and that using self-interest and rationality heuristically as a default baseline biases social scientific research. From a naturalist perspective, both rationality and self-interest are empirical objects of explanation. We discuss one such explanatory hypothesis, according to which consistent self-interested behavior is sustained by a social norm.

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London: Routledge, 2016. 212-229 p.
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rationality, normativity. explanation, self-interest
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-127618ISBN: 978-1-138-93662-1OAI: diva2:926057
Available from: 2016-05-04 Created: 2016-05-04 Last updated: 2016-05-10Bibliographically approved

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