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Social laws should be conceived as a special case of mechanisms : A reply to Daniel Little

Persson, Johannes LU (2012) In Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 1(7). p.12-14
Abstract
I am grateful to Daniel Little for his insightful reply to my recent article in Social Epistemology (2012, 105-114) about what appears to be a flaw in Jon Elster’s conception of mechanisms. I agree with much of what Little says, but want to amplify a different underlying problem with Elster’s conception (fourth point below) than Little suggests in his reply (third point below). This underlying problem connects nicely with a passage in Little’s reply, which he thinks unconnected with the point on which I focus.
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