Martin Hollis Memorial Conference: rationality, action, and value in the philosophy of social scienc

Venue: The New School

Location: New York, New York, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 18, 2004 End Date/Time: Nov 20, 2004
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Rationality, Action, and Value in the Philosophy of Social Science

A conference in honor of Martin Hollis will take place at the following time and place
November 18-20, 2004 at the
Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science,
The New School for Social Research
65 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Organizers: Edward Nell, Department of Economics and Brendan Hogan, Department of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research
The aim of the conference is to honor the memory of Martin Hollis by engaging his work in the several areas to which he made significant contributions. More information about Martin Hollis and his writings can be found at the following website

Any questions please contact Brendan Hogan and Edward Nell at

Conference participants

Margaret Archer, Professor of sociology, University of Warwick
James Bohman, Danforth professor of philosophy, St. Louis University
Adrian Favell, Associate professor of sociology, UCLA
Karim Errouaki, Economist.
Margaret Gilbert, Professor of philosophy, University of Connecticut
Russell Hardin, Professor of politics, New York University
Shaun Hargreaves Heap, Professor of economics, University of East Anglia
Bernard Hodgson, Professor of philosophy, Trent University
Brendan Hogan, PhD candidate, Philosophy, The New School
Tony Lawson Lecturer in economics, University of Cambridge
Isaac Levi, John Dewey professor of philosophy, Columbia University
Steven Lukes, Professor of sociology, New York University
Richard Miller, Professor of philosophy, Cornell University
Edward Nell, Malcolm B. Smith professor of economics, The New School for Social Research
Timothy O’Hagan, Professor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia
Alex Rosenberg, R. Taylor Cole professor of philosophy, Duke University

Conference Program

All panels to take place in the Ernst Wolff Conference room, 2nd floor,
Graduate Faculty Building, 65 Fifth Ave

Thursday November 18, 2004

4 -6 pm
Belief, inference, and inquiry
Isaac Levi “tba”
Brendan Hogan “Plasticity, autonomy and Hollis’s Models of Man”

6-8 pm:
Plenary address:
Steven Lukes
“The Problem of Apparent Irrationality”

8-9:30: pm Reception

Friday November 19, 2004

10:30 -11 am: Coffee, Bagels

11 am- 1 pm
Accounting for agency in social science: James Bohman “Powers, Freedom and the Social World"
Margaret Archer ‘Two Stories or One about Structure and Agency?”

1-2 pm lunch break.

2- 4 pm:
Structures of rationality- individual and collective:
Margaret Gilbert "Rationality in Collective Action"
Russell Hardin, “Intending to Win at Chess”

4:30- 6:30 pm
Critical Realism and the science of economics:
Edward Nell and Tony Lawson “Critical Realism and Econometrics in Dialogue”
Karim Errouaki, “Rereading Hollis and Nell, with econometrics in mind"

6:30-7:30 pm. reception

Saturday November 20, 2004

11 -11:30 am Coffee and Bagels

11:30 am-1:30 pm
Problems of empire, ethics, and citizenship:
Richard Miller “Empire, Ethics, and Agency”
Timothy O’Hagan, "Citizen of the World"

1:30-2:30 lunch break

2:30-4:30 pm
Reasons and values
Shaun Hargreaves Heap “Rationality and Ethics”
Bernard Hodgson “Economic Rationality and Autonomous Virtue”

4:45 -6:45
Rationality, evolution, and mechanisms:
Alexander Rosenberg “Evolutionary Game Theory and Human Evolution”
Adrian Favell “Nuts and Bolts and Hollis for the Social Sciences”

6:45-7:00: Closing comments


65 Fifth Ave
New York
New York
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