On ‘common-sense ontology’: A comment on the paper by Frank Hindriks and Francesco Guala

Sugden, Robert (2015) On ‘common-sense ontology’: A comment on the paper by Frank Hindriks and Francesco Guala. Journal of Institutional Economics, 11 (03). pp. 489-492. ISSN 1744-1374

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Abstract

This note comments on Hindriks and Guala’s ‘unified theory of institutions’. One of the components that Hindriks and Guala seek to unify, and which they claim is unsatisfactory on its own, is the analysis of conventions that derives from the work of Lewis. I argue that the Lewisian approach provides simple and powerful explanations of many regularities in the social behaviour of humans and other animals. Those explanations can be seen as good social science even if, as Hindriks and Guala argue, they do not fit with common-sense ontology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: common-sense ontology,institution,convention,economics, econometrics and finance(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2000
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Economic Theory
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Competition Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Behavioural Economics
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2016 23:04
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 00:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59491
DOI: 10.1017/S174413741500003X

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