62 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2013
Date Written: October 9, 2013
We develop an analytical core for sociology. We follow standard dynamical systems theory by first specifying the conditions for social equilibrium, and then study the dynamical principles that govern disequilibrium behavior. Our general social equilibrium model is an expansion of the general equilibrium model of economic theory, and our dynamical principles treat the society as a complex adaptive dynamical system that can be studied using evolutionary game theory and agent-based Markov models based on variants of the replicator dynamic.
Keywords: homo economicus, homo socialis, analytical theory, decision theory, social norms
JEL Classification: A00, B00, C00, D00, E00
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Gintis, Herbert and Helbing, Dirk, Homo Socialis: An Analytical Core for Sociological Theory (October 9, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2362262 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2362262