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From Rational-choice Theory to Mental Mechanism

Author ChenAiHua
Tutor ShuNianChun
School Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Course The philosophy of Marxism
Keywords Elster Political Psychology Rational choice theory Psychological mechanisms
Type Master's thesis
Year 2009
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Political psychology is an important area of research Elster theory , it is for people to understand the past and present historical events and sports provides a considerable number of methodological revelation . Methodological individualism Elster throughout the study methodology and fundamental prerequisite for political psychology is his interpretation of the political - social action methodology is a specific part of the study explain his social phenomenon . Explain the political - social behavior , Elster full attention to the behavior of the main motivations subjective aspects of psychological mechanisms weaker interpretation tool alternative correction rational choice theory , in order to cope with the complexity of human behavior , and the provide relevant examples to prove the effectiveness of psychological mechanisms explain . Study Elster about the political psychology treatises based on political psychology is deemed important to explain the reasons , analysis of the application of political psychology reality , thinking about China's political psychology . The article discusses the three parts : the first part , on the basis of the introduction methodological individualism , to reflect on the explanatory power of rational choice theory and its limits , and that the reason for turning to the psychological mechanisms of rational choice theory . The second part focuses on political psychology center problem - psychological mechanisms , both given psychological mechanisms connotations and motives of individuals , but also provides the main psychological mechanism illustrated and a detailed analysis of the psychology of belief and desire formation mechanism. The third part of the show is an important application in the field of human political behavior of political psychology , specific analysis of the revolution . Inspired by the the Elster political psychology , thinking about the significance of the Construction of China's political psychology and political civilization .

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