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The Ant Trap: Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences

Brian Epstein


We live in a world of crowds and corporations, legislatures and languages, money and markets. These are all social objects—they are made, at least in part, by people and communities. But what exactly are these things? How are they made, and what is the role of people in making them? This book aims to rewrite our understanding of the nature of the social world and the foundations of the social sciences. The book challenges the three prevailing traditions about how the social world is made. One tradition takes the social world to be built out of people, much as traffic is built out of cars. A se ... More

Keywords: individualism, social science, metaphysics, ontology, constitution, grounding, anchoring, groups, intention, action

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199381104
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199381104.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Epstein, author
Philosophy Department at Tufts University