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Homo Socialis: An Analytical Core for Sociological Theory

62 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2013  

Herbert Gintis

Santa Fe Institute; Central European University

Dirk Helbing

ETH Zürich - Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS)

Date Written: October 9, 2013

Abstract

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

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

Herbert Gintis

Santa Fe Institute ( email )

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Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Central European University

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Budapest, H-1051
Hungary
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HOME PAGE: http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~gintis

Dirk Helbing (Contact Author)

ETH Zürich - Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS) ( email )

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
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Zurich, 8092
Switzerland

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