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Philosopher Maurice Mandelbaum offers a broad-ranging essay on the roles of chance, choice, purpose, and necessity in human events. He traces the many changes these concepts have undergone, from the analyses of Hobbes and Spinoza, through the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. Mandelbaum examines two contrary tendencies in the history of social theories. Some thinkers, he shows, have explained the character of institutions in terms of their individual purposes, whereas others have stressed relationships of necessity among society's institutions. Mandelbaum discusses chance, choice, and necessity at length and reaches some provocative conclusions about the ways in which they are interwoven in human affairs.

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  1. Cover
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  1. By the Same Author
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. p. ix
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  1. Part One: Introduction
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  1. 1. The Analysis of Social Theories
  2. pp. 3-34
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  1. Part Two: Individualistic & Institutional Theories
  2. p. 35
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  1. 2. Individualistic Theories of Purpose & Necessity
  2. pp. 37-59
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  1. 3. Necessity & Purpose in Institutional Theories
  2. pp. 60-96
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  1. Part Three: Necessity, Chance & Choice
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  1. 4. Determinism & Chance
  2. pp. 99-113
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  1. 5. Determinism & Choice
  2. pp. 114-147
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  1. 6. Necessity, Chance & Choice in Human Affairs
  2. pp. 148-170
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421431901
Related ISBN
9781421431925
MARC Record
OCLC
1117488443
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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