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Methodological Individualism: Intentionalism

Bhargava Rajeev

in Individualism in Social Science

Published in print June 1992 | ISBN: 9780198242796
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242796.003.0005

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

Methodological Individualism: Intentionalism

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This chapter discusses the concept of EI-4, which states that all social phenomena must be explained in terms of individuals and their properties. EI-4 is considered as a simple doctrine because it has the modest requirements of formal validity. It demands only explanatory statements, such as a narrative where individuals play an important role as long as they are the only ones who are explanatorily relevant.

Keywords: EI-4; social phenomena; simple doctrine; formal validity; explanatory statements; individuals

Chapter.  18651 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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