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Understanding Institutions: The Philosophy and Science of Living Together

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2018.06.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Francesco Guala, Understanding Institutions: The Philosophy and Science of Living Together, Princeton University Press, 2016, 256 pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781400880911. Reviewed by Mark Risjord, Emory University For those of us with a naturalistic philosophical bent, the social ontology literature is quite frustrating. The leading approaches draw heavily from intuition pumps and sparingly from social scientific resources. This book is therefore a refreshing contribution to the social ontology landscape. By synthesizing contemporary game theory, economics, and sociology with recent philosophical work, it articulates a viable alternative to the dominant accounts of social ontology. Guala presents the book as a unification of "the main traditions in the field of social ontology" (p. xix). This is not entirely accurate: it's contribution is best seen as unifying two of the main traditions in opposition to a. . .

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