Philosophy of Social Science / Rationality


Rationality and Relativism (edited with Martin Hollis) Oxford: Blackwell, 1982 Concluding chapter: ‘Relativism in its Place’



‘Deflation and Construction: Rendering Social Causes Meaningful’ in Czech Sociological Review 51, 8, 518-523 (Contribution to symposium on Isaac Ariail Reed, Interpretation and Social Knowledge: On the Use of Theory in the Human Sciences)

‘Interview‘ in Rios, Diego; Schmidt-Petri, Christoph (eds.) Philosophy of the Social Sciences: 5 Questions. Copenhagen: Automatic Press, 2008.

Searle versus Durkheim’ in savas. L. Tsohatzidis (ed.), Intentional Acts and Institutional Facts: Essays on John Searle’s Social Ontology. Dorderecht, Springer, 2007, pp. 191-202

‘Apparently Irrational Beliefs’ in Stephen Turner and Mark Risjord (eds.) Handbook of Philosophy, Anthropology and Sociology. Amerstedam: Elsevier, 2007, pp. 591-606

Rethinking social criticism : some puzzles’ in History of the Human Sciences, 16, 4, 2003, pp. 85-89

Different Cultures, Different Rationalities’ in History of the Human Sciences, 13, 1. February 2000, pp. 5-18

On Comparing the Incomparable: Trade-Offs and Sacrifices’ in Ruth Chang (ed.), Incommensurability, Incomparability and Practical Reason, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1997

‘On Trade-Offs between Values’ in F. Farina, F. Hahn and S. Vannucci (eds.), Ethics, Rationality and Economic Behaviour, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1996

‘The Essential and the Local’, in Italian in Ossimori`, 2, 1993

“On Trade-Offs between Values”, EUI SPS Working Papers n. 92/24

‘The rationality of norms‘, Arch. Europe Sociology, 1991, XXIII, pp. 142-149.

Incommensurability in Science and Ethics” (trans. into Italian and published in Iride: Filosofia e Discussione Pubblica, Florence, 3, 1990)

The Use of Ethnocentricity” – (translated into French and published in Singularités: Les Voies d’émergence individuelle. Textes pour E. de Dampierre (1989, Paris, Plon))

Alasdair MacIntyre: The Sociologist versus the Philosopher“, 1988

“The Contradictory Aims of Action Theory’ in G. Seebass and R. Tuomela (eds.), Social Action (1985, Dordrecht, Reidel)

Of Gods and Demons: Habermas and Practical Reason” in J.B. Thompson and D. Held (eds.), Habermas: Critical Debates (1982, Macmillan, London)

“Elster on Counterfactuals”, Inquiry, 1980, 23, pp, 145-155

The Underdetermination of Theory by Data”, Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume LII, 1978, pp. 93-107

Relativism: Cognitive and Moral“, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes, Vol. 48 (1974), pp.165-189+191-208

On the Social Determination of Truth” in Horton, R. & Finnegan, R. (eds.): Modes of Thought: essays presented to E.E. Evans-Pritchard (1973, Faber, London)

Methodological Individualism Reconsidered‘, British Journal of Sociology, 1968, XIX, 2, pp. 119-129.

Some Problems about Rationality”, Archives européennes de sociologie, 1967, VIII, 2, pp. 247-264. Reprinted in Wilson, B.R. (ed.): Rationality (1970, Blackwell, Oxford)

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