The Metaphysics of the Social World 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0710098269
ISBN-10: 071009826X
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--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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an interesting and careful book....In its care and philosophical sophistication, The Metaphysics of the Social World is worlds away from the old individualist debate....>>>> (Philosophy)

The arguments are pleasingly analytic...Ruben's careful, patient analyses provide a substantial challenge to philosophers sympathetic to individualism.>>>> (Times Higher Education Supplement)

Ruben's clear, careful and pointed arguments should disturb much dogmatic slumber....Ruben himself proceeds with clarity, caution and nuance...The corrective offered to the common casualness of individualists about their duties of argument is a model of analytical philosophy...I warmly applaud so sharp and courteous an exercise of analytical philosophy...Faced with thinking so distilled, subtle and precise, individualists will have to take the book seriously and will be hard put to reply.>>> (Mind)

Any graduate seminar on holism and individualism should have this book on its reading list.>>>> (Canadian Philosophical Reviews)

This book is lucidly written, and packed with arguments set out with great care: in this respect the book is a model of analytic philosophy and it should be read by everyone interested in the philosophy of social sciences.>>>> (The Philosophical Quarterly)

Reading this book one gets a strong sense that the range of options in social philosophy is richer, more complex, and more dependent on abstract metaphysical thinking than is often supposed. At the same time, its clarity and conciseness suit it admirably for teaching purposes. (The British Journal For The Philosophy Of Science)

an interesting and careful book....In its care and philosophical sophistication, The Metaphysics of the Social World is worlds away from the old individualist debate.... (Philosophy)

The arguments are pleasingly analytic...Ruben's careful, patient analyses provide a substantial challenge to philosophers sympathetic to individualism. (Times Higher Education Supplement)

Ruben's clear, careful and pointed arguments should disturb much dogmatic slumber....Ruben himself proceeds with clarity, caution and nuance...The corrective offered to the common casualness of individualists about their duties of argument is a model of analytical philosophy...I warmly applaud so sharp and courteous an exercise of analytical philosophy...Faced with thinking so distilled, subtle and precise, individualists will have to take the book seriously and will be hard put to reply. (Mind)

Any graduate seminar on holism and individualism should have this book on its reading list. (Canadian Philosophical Reviews)

This book is lucidly written, and packed with arguments set out with great care: in this respect the book is a model of analytic philosophy and it should be read by everyone interested in the philosophy of social sciences. (The Philosophical Quarterly)

In my view it is the best monograph so far written on the topic in question...Ruben's book is without doubt an important contribution to the philosophy of the social sciences. (The British Journal For The Philosophy Of Science) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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