Throughout the history of social thought, there has been a constant battle over the true nature of society, and the best way to understand and explain it. This volume covers the development of methodological individualism, including the individualist theory of society from Greek antiquity to modern social science. It is a comprehensive and systematic treatment of methodological individualism in all its manifestations.

chapter 1|6 pages


chapter 2|3 pages


chapter |31 pages

The invisible hand

chapter 3|46 pages

Psychologism in early social science

chapter |10 pages

Joseph Schumpeter

chapter |12 pages

Friedrich von Hayek

chapter |17 pages


chapter |21 pages

Positivist social science

chapter 7|11 pages

Popperian methodological individualism

chapter |17 pages

J.W.N. Watkins

chapter 8|27 pages

Economics: the individualist science

chapter 9|33 pages

The new institutional economics

chapter 10|32 pages

Rational choice individualism

chapter 11|26 pages

Why methodological individualism?

chapter 12|11 pages

Methodological individualism restated

chapter |1 pages


chapter 2|6 pages


chapter 4|11 pages

Austrian methodological individualism

chapter 7|13 pages

Popperian methodological individualism