Alexis de Tocqueville : the first social scientist /

The book proposes a new interpretation of Alexis de Tocqueville that views him first and foremost as a social scientist rather than as a political theorist. Drawing on his earlier work on the explanation of social behavior, Elster argues that Tocqueville's main claim to our attention today rest...

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Main Author: Elster, Jon, 1940- (Author)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Preference formation
  • Belief formation
  • Self-interest and individualism
  • Passions
  • Desires, opportunities, capacities
  • Patterns of social causality
  • Equality and mobility
  • Democratic government
  • Revolution
  • Conclusion.