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A Dialogue on Institutions

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  • Introduces a novel theory of institutions

  • Defends the position of cognitive institutionalism

  • Takes the form of a philosophical dialogue

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Philosophy (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)

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Table of contents (4 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    • C. Mantzavinos
    Pages 1-4
  3. Social Order and the State

    • C. Mantzavinos
    Pages 27-36
  4. Institutions and Markets

    • C. Mantzavinos
    Pages 37-56
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 57-65

About this book

This book consists of a dialogue between two interlocutors, Pablo and a student, who discuss a great range of issues in social philosophy and political theory, and in particular, the emergence, working properties and economic effects of institutions. It uses the dialogical form to make philosophy more accessible, but also to show how ideas develop through intellectual interaction. The fact that one of the interlocutors is the "student" in a place in the real world makes the dialogue quasi-fictive in character and enables the active engagement of the reader. After all, we are all philosophers and we develop our own philosophy by exchanging views and arguments. The dialogue form is and should remain the principal form of philosophizing, since ideas, like butterflies, do not merely exist – they develop. This is certainly the case in actual philosophical interaction, and it can be the case in written philosophical exposition. Although the dialogue does not presuppose prior acquaintance with the respective philosophical and social scientific literature under discussion in this book, it makes arguments more accessible, and conveys the feeling that there are no definite solutions to philosophical problems.


Keywords

  • New Institutionalism
  • Economic Development
  • Philosophical Dialogue
  • Economic Competition
  • State Emergence
  • Institutions and markets
  • Cognitive institutionalism
  • Theory of institutions

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

    C. Mantzavinos

About the author

C. Mantzavinos is Professor of Philosophy of the Social Sciences in the University of Athens. He is the author of Wettbewerbstheorie (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 1994), Individuals, Institutions, and Markets (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), Naturalistic Hermeneutics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005) Explanatory Pluralism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), A Dialogue on Explanation (Heidelberg and New York: Springer, 2018) and the editor of Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals in four languages, notably “Learning, Institutions, and Economic Performance” in Perspectives on Politics, 2004 (with Douglass North and Syed Shariq) and “Explanatory Games”, in: The Journal of Philosophy, 2013. He is the Philosophy Section Editor of the 2nd edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (succeeding Philip Pettit and Axel Hoenneth) that appeared in 2015.

Before his current appointment in Athens, he held the Chair of Economics and Philosophy at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany (2004-2011). He has also taught at Freiburg, Bayreuth, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford (2000-2001). He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn (2001-2004) and served as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard (twice), at Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris (twice) and at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton. He holds two PhD’s, in Economics and in Philosophy, both from the University of Tübingen.

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Softcover Book USD 69.99
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