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Predictive Success and Non-Individualist Models in Social Science

Lauer, Richard (2017) Predictive Success and Non-Individualist Models in Social Science. [Preprint]

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The predictive inadequacy of the social sciences is well documented, and philosophers have sought to diagnose it. This paper examines Brian Epstein’s recent diagnosis. He argues that the social sciences treat the social world as entirely composed of individual people. Instead, social scientists should recognize that material, non individualistic entities determine the social world, as well. First, I argue that Epstein’s argument both begs the question against his opponents and is not sufficiently charitable. Second, I present doubts that his proposal will improve predictive success for the social sciences, which I support with Edith Penrose’s resource-based theory of the firm.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Lauer, Richardrlauer@stlawu.edu
Keywords: methodological individualism, ontological individualism, prediction, resource based theories of the firm
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Economics
Depositing User: Richard Lauer
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2022 03:39
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2022 03:39
Item ID: 20359
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Economics
Date: 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20359

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