Methodological Individualism

Methodological Individualism

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Methodological individualism is a widely-used term in the social sciences. Its advocates see it as a philosophical method aimed at explaining and understanding broad society-wide developments as the aggregation of decisions by individuals. The term was originally coined by Joseph Schumpeter (1908, 1909). Methodological individualism does not imply political individualism, although methodological individualists like Friedrich Hayek and Karl Popper were opponents of collectivism. Detaching methodological individualism from political individualism, Max Weber's position, argued at the start of the twentieth century that if a properly-functioning communist regime were to arise, it too would have to be sociologically understood on methodological individualist principles. But the conflation of methodological with political individualism (i.e., liberalism of the laissez-faire variety) is common, by friends and foes of the former alike.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 200g
  • Fer Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136679248
  • 9786136679242