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Runciman, W. G. (Walter Garrison) 1934-

Works: 130 works in 834 publications in 7 languages and 18,324 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: JA71, 320.01
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Most widely held works by W. G Runciman
A treatise on social theory by W. G Runciman( )

54 editions published between 1983 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this first volume of a projected trilogy, the author argues that a methodology adequate to solve the long-standing debate over the status of the social as against the natural sciences can be constructed in terms of a fourhold distinction between the reportage, explanation, description and evaluation of human behaviour. The distinction rests on an analysis of the scope and nature of social theory which is not only original in conception but far-reaching in its implications for the assessment of the results of sociological, anthropological and historical research. In this volume, there are set out the separate and distinctive criteria by which the reports, explanations, descriptions and evaluations put forward by social scientists of rival theoretical schools require to be tested. These criteria will then be applied in Volume II to a substantive theory of social relations, social structure and social evolution, and in Volume III to a detailed analysis of the society of twentieth-century England. Each of the three volumes can be read independently of the others. But the trilogy will, when completed, be seen to form a coherent and unified whole
Great books, bad arguments : Republic, Leviathan, & the Communist manifesto by W. G Runciman( )

20 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Plato's Republic, Hobbes's Leviathan, and Marx's Communist Manifesto are universally acknowledged classics of Western political thought. But how strong are the core arguments on which they base their visions of the good society that they want to bring into being? In this lively and provocative book, W.G. Runciman shows where and why they fail, even after due allowance has been made for the different historical contexts in which they wrote. Plato, Hobbes, and Marx were all passionately convinced that justice, peace, and order could be established if only their teachings were implemented and the right people put into power. But Runciman makes a powerful case to the effect that all three were irredeemably naive in their assumptions about how human societies function and evolve and how human behavior could be changed. Yet despite this, Runciman insists that Republic, Leviathan, and The Communist Manifesto remain great books. Born of righteous anger and frustration, they are masterfully eloquent pleas for better worlds - worlds that Plato, Hobbes, and Marx cannot bring themselves to admit to be unattainable."--Jacket
Social science and political theory by W. G Runciman( Book )

78 editions published between 1963 and 1997 in 6 languages and held by 1,476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theory of cultural and social selection by W. G Runciman( )

18 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Theory of Cultural and Social Selection, W.G. Runciman presents an original and wide-ranging account of the fundamental process by which human cultures and societies come to be of the different kinds that they are. Drawing on and extending recent advances in neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory, Runciman argues that collective human behaviour should be analyzed as the acting-out of information transmitted at the three separate but interacting levels of heritable variation and competitive selection - the biological, the cultural, and the social. The implications which this carries for a reformulation of the traditional agenda of comparative and historical sociology are explored with the help of selected examples, and located within the context of current debates about sociological theory and practice. The Theory of Cultural and Social Selection is a succinct and highly imaginative contribution to one of the great intellectual debates of our times, from one of the world's leading social theorists"--Provided by publisher
Very different, but much the same : the evolution of English society since 1714 by W. G Runciman( )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book takes as its starting point the distribution of political, ideological, and economic power between English society's constituent roles from the time when Daniel Defoe was writing Robinson Crusoe, and argues that Defoe would find it remarkably similar three centuries later despite all the changes in technology, lifestyles, amenities, beliefs, attitudes, norms, and values by which he would no doubt be astonished. 0The disjunction between the two is explained by bringing to bear the approach of current evolutionary sociological theory in which the reproduction or extinction of a society's institutional practices is traced to selective environmental pressures which are independent of the personal motives and subjective experiences of the individuals whose practices they are. It is further argued that the rates of high absolute and low relative social mobility that sociologists have documented in detail for the twentieth century are likely to have been much the same during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The conclusion drawn is that for as long as the country was not defeated in a European war, the probability of a radical change in institutional distribution of power was extremely low throughout, however much contemporary observers or later historians would have either welcomed or deplored it
Relative deprivation and social justice : a study of attitudes to social inequality in twentieth-century England by W. G Runciman( Book )

64 editions published between 1900 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A critique of Max Weber's philosophy of social science by W. G Runciman( Book )

40 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Max Weber : selections in translation by Max Weber( Book )

23 editions published between 1950 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume, Mr Runciman has selected extracts, from Max Weber's writings which reflect the full range of his major concerns: the nature of domination in human society, the role of ideas in history, the social determinants of religion, the origin and impact of industrial capitalism and the scope and limits of social science itself. He has also included some shorter extracts from Weber's less familiar writings on such diverse topics as the stock exchange and the history of the piano
Philosophy, politics and society; a collection by Peter Laslett( Book )

36 editions published between 1956 and 1976 in English and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy, politics and society : (second series) ; a collection by Peter Laslett( Book )

26 editions published between 1962 and 1972 in English and German and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy, politics and society, third series : a collection by Peter Laslett( Book )

30 editions published between 1967 and 1978 in English and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sociology in its place, and other essays by W. G Runciman( Book )

24 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 'Sociology in its Place', the essay which gives the volume its title, Mr Runciman argues that sociology cannot usefully be distinguished in content from either anthropology or history; that it is not only an historical but an applied science in the sense that its explanations are parasitic on the laws of others; and that to talk to looking for distinctive 'sociological' theories is therefore misconceived. The papers in the volume are grouped under three headings: the first four are methodological, the second three contain some results of empirical research and the last four are philosophical. The collection as a whole lends support to some of the important arguments of the opening essay
Plato's later epistemology by W. G Runciman( Book )

32 editions published between 1962 and 1978 in 3 languages and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The social animal by W. G Runciman( Book )

31 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

W.G. Runciman's masterly book sets out the present extent of our knowledge about how human groups, communities, institutions, and societies work and the social forces that act upon people who live within them. In a brief span, Runciman conveys both how fascinating the study of society is and what a particularly exciting time this is for that study, with all the developments being made in the behavioral sciences, whether in demography, linguistics, or economics, or in genetics, biological anthropology, and developmental and cognitive psychology. The linking theme of the book is an approach to sociology based not on the outdated dogmas of Marxism or Social Darwinism but on current neo-evolutionary theory
Evolution of social behaviour patterns in primates and man : a joint discussion meeting of the Royal Society and the British Academy( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The fourteen contributions testify to the increasing co-operation which is bringing together biologists, primatologists, archaeologists, psychologists, linguists and anthropologists who share a common interest in the study of social and cultural behaviour from an evolutionary perspective." "The papers, derived from a Royal Society/British Academy meeting, range in topic from cultural and social behaviour among non-human primates, through the interaction of cognitive development with social organization during the Upper Palaeolithic, to behaviour (including linguistic behaviour) among modern humans." "This volume reflects the important recent developments in such areas as behavioural ecology, evolutionary psychology and the origin and function of language."--BOOK JACKET
The origin of human social institutions( Book )

11 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hutton and Butler : lifting the lid on the workings of power( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These essays offer insights into the events and controversies that have dominated the news agenda for the last two years. Between them, the Hutton and Butler reports lifted the lid on the most intimate workings of those who strive to convert information into a weapon - whether they be a Prime Minister in Downing Street, an MI6 agent in the field, an intelligence analyst in Whitehall, or a journalist attempting to fuse fragments into hard copy." "This volume will be compulsory reading for anyone interested in current affairs and the realities of decision-making at the highest levels of Government."--BOOK JACKET
British sociology seen from without and within( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These eleven essays look at the current state of sociology in Britain from a number of intriguing perspectives. How important is it for British sociologists to be aware of the historical development of their subject in this country? How is British sociology seen by British scholars working in related fields, such as social history, social anthropology and demography? And how are British sociologists perceived by their colleagues working abroad, in particular in continental Europe? A concluding essay by the President of the British Sociological Association identifies the recurring themes in these reflections
The methodology of social theory by W. G Runciman( Book )

8 editions published between 1983 and 1997 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Confessions of a reluctant theorist : selected essays of W.G. Runciman by W. G Runciman( Book )

14 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A treatise on social theory
Great books, bad arguments : Republic, Leviathan, & the Communist manifestoSocial science and political theoryThe theory of cultural and social selectionA critique of Max Weber's philosophy of social scienceMax Weber : selections in translationSociology in its place, and other essaysThe social animalEvolution of social behaviour patterns in primates and man : a joint discussion meeting of the Royal Society and the British Academy
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Garrison Runciman, Walter 1934-

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Garry Runciman

Garry Runciman, 3rd Viscount Runciman of Doxford Brits politicus

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Runciman of Doxford, Viscount, 1934-

Runciman, W. G.

Runciman, W.G. 1934-

Runciman, W. G. Walter Garrison

Runciman, Walter G.

Runciman, Walter G. 1934-

Runciman, Walter Garrison

Runciman, Walter Garrison 1934-

Runciman, Walter Garrison 1934- Hon

Runciman, Walter Garrison Hon

Runciman, Walter Garrison, Hon., 1934-

W. G. Runciman

Walter Garrison Runciman

Walter Runciman, 3. Viscount Runciman of Doxford britischer Soziologe

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