I saw an interesting talk recently given by W.G. Runciman on Evolutionary Sociology. The whole notion was very thought provoking but there was one particular aspect that was curious. He described the central conflict facing the discipline being one of Evolutionary Sociology in confrontation with Rational Choice Theory. But I’d never heard of Evolutionary Sociology prior to this talk and I rarely encounter Rational Choice Theorists. If you’d asked me what about the central conflict that would define the future of the discipline I’d have told you it was one of how we interpret and use transactional data. This left me wondering how perspectival our accounts of these issues will inevitably be. Are disciplines as a whole too big to grasp?
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