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Hollis, Martin

Works: 41 works in 405 publications in 10 languages and 10,348 library holdings
Genres: Introductions  Conference papers and proceedings  Textbooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Other
Classifications: H61, 128.3
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Most widely held works by Martin Hollis
Rationality and relativism by Martin Hollis( Book )

56 editions published between 1982 and 1997 in English and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Invitation to philosophy by Martin Hollis( Book )

37 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this revised and updated edition of a classic introductory text, Martin Hollis leads his readers through the age-old philosophical questions of free choice and human nature, appearance and reality, reason and experience, and to newer ones or rationality and morality, other minds and inner selves, and the relation between the natural and human worlds. Using theories and examples ranging from Plato, Descartes, Hume and Kant to T.S. Eliot and Sherlock Holmes, the author paints a delightfully vivid picture of the discipline that is a perfect start for students beginning courses in philosophy or for anyone meeting the subject for the first time
Models of man : philosophical thoughts on social action by Martin Hollis( Book )

41 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All social theorists and philosophers who seek to explain human action have a 'model of man', a metaphysical view of human nature. Some make man a plastic creature of nature and nurture, some present him as the autonomous creator of his social world, some offer a compromise. Each view needs its own theory of scientific knowledge calling for philosophic appraisal and the compromise sets harder puzzles than either. Passive accounts of man, for example, have a robust notion of causal explanation but cannot either find or dispense with a self to apply them to. Active accounts rightly stress an autonomous self, but lack a proper concept of explanation. Martin Hollis takes these tensions and contrasts from the thought of sociologists, economists, and psychologists. He then develops a model of his own - one which seeks to connect personal and social identity through an ambitious theory of rational action and a priori knowledge, proposing a sense in which men can act freely and still be a subject for scientific explanation
Rational economic man : a philosophical critique of neo-classical economics by Martin Hollis( Book )

34 editions published between 1965 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Economics is probably the most subtle, precise and powerful of the social sciences and its theories have deep philosophical import. Yet the dominant alliance between economics and philosophy has long been cheerfully simple. This is the textbook alliance of neo-Classicism and Positivism, so crucial to the defence of orthodox economics against by now familiar objections. This is an unusual book and a deliberately controversial one. The authors cast doubt on assumptions which neo-Classicists often find too obvious to defend or, indeed, to mention. They set out to disturb an influential concensus and to champion an unpopular cause. Although they go deeper into both philosophy and economics than is usual in interdisciplinary works, they start from first principles and the text is provokingly clear. This will be a stimulating book for all economic theorists and philosophers interested in the philosophy of science and social science
The philosophy of social science : an introduction by Martin Hollis( Book )

66 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and German and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This textbook by Martin Hollis offers an exceptionally clear and concise introduction to the philosophy of social science. It examines questions which give rise to fundamental philosophical issues. Are social structures better conceived of as systems of laws and forces, or as webs of meanings and practices? Is social action better viewed as rational behaviour, or as self-expression? By exploring such questions, the reader is led to reflect upon the nature of scientific method in social science. Is the aim to explain the social world after a manner worked out for the natural world, or to understand the social world from within?
The cunning of reason by Martin Hollis( Book )

29 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in English and Japanese and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a philosophers' attempt to bring together ideas put forward by economists, sociologists and political theorists. The author begins by exploring the economist's assumption that action is rational if it helps to achieve the agent's goals as efficiently as possible. The assumption is explored with the aid of rational-choice theory and game-theory, but it is rejected in the end for failing to account for the elements of trust and morality which rational social life requires. A discussion of 'Rational Expectations' and of 'maximising' and 'satisficing' leads to a portrait of social actors as rational role-players. Rationality is, finally, the expression of the self in a social world. The book intervenes in intense current debates within and among several disciplines. Its concern is with the true nature of social actors and the proper character of social science. Its arguments are the more challenging for being presented in a simple, incisive and lucid prose. It will be of particular interest to philosophers, social theorists and social scientists interested in the philosophical aspects of their discipline
Philosophy and economic theory by Frank Hahn( Book )

13 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trust within reason by Martin Hollis( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some philosophers hold that trust grows fragile when people become too rational. They advocate a retreat from reason and a return to local, traditional values. Others hold that truly rational people are both trusting and trustworthy. Everything hinges on what we mean by 'reason' and 'rational'. If these are understood in an egocentric, instrumental fashion, then they are indeed incompatible with trust. With the help of game theory, Martin Hollis argues against that narrow definition and in favour of a richer, deeper notion of reason founded on reciprocity and the pursuit of the common good. Within that framework he reconstructs the Enlightenment idea of citizens of the world, rationally encountering, and at the same time finding their identity in, their multiple commitments to communities both local and universal
Reason in action : essays in the philosophy of social science by Martin Hollis( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pluralism and liberal neutrality( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book a group of internationally renowned political theorists explore the pluralist challenge to liberal neutrality. Some defend neutrality against its critics by reinterpreting its scope and character, others search for an alternative basis for liberalism in compromise, mutual recognition or perfectionism."--Jacket
The light of reason: rationalist philosophers of the 17th century by Martin Hollis( Book )

6 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moralische Entscheidung und rationale Wahl( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in 3 languages and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tantalizers: a book of original logical puzzles by Martin Hollis( Book )

4 editions published between 1970 and 1975 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rationalität und soziales Verstehen by Martin Hollis( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in German and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filosofía de las ciencias sociales : una introducción by Martin Hollis( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in Spanish and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introducción : problemas de estructura y acción - Descubrir la verdad : la vía racionalista - La ciencia positiva : la vía empirista - Hormigas, arañas y abejas : ¿una tercera vía? - Sistemas y funciones - Juegos con agentes racionales - Comprender la acción social - El yo y los papeles - Explicar y comprender - ¿Una ciencia social axiológicamente neutra? - Racionalidad y relativismo
Introduzione alla filosofia by Martin Hollis( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in Italian and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Blackwell guide to the philosophy of science by Peter K Machamer( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in Chinese and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume presents an introduction to the core areas of philosophy of science. Each of the chapters, written especially for this volume by international scholars, reviews a problem, examines the current state of the discipline with respect to the topic, and discusses possible futures of the field. Topics covered include experiment and observation, evolution, molecular and developmental biology, cognitive science, and feminist philosophy of science. This text is intended to engage both general readers and specialists and provides a solid foundation for further study
Filosofía y teoría económica( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in Spanish and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rationality in action : essays in the philosophy of social science by Martin Hollis( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Models of man : philosophical thoughts on social action
Alternative Names
Hollis, James Martin

Hollis, James Martin 1938-1998

Hollis, M.

Hollis, M. (Martin)

Hollis, Martin

Martin Hollis British philosopher

Martin Hollis Brits filosoof (1938-1998)


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Invitation to philosophyModels of man : philosophical thoughts on social actionRational economic man : a philosophical critique of neo-classical economicsThe philosophy of social science : an introductionThe cunning of reasonTrust within reasonReason in action : essays in the philosophy of social sciencePluralism and liberal neutrality