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Modeling Homo Socialis: A Reply to Critics

Herbert Gintis, Santa Fe Institute, USA
Suggested Citation
Herbert Gintis (2015), "Modeling Homo Socialis: A Reply to Critics", Review of Behavioral Economics: Vol. 2: No. 1-2, pp 211-237.

Publication Date: 29 Jul 2015
© 2015 H. Gintis


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In this article:
1. The Rational Actor Model 
2. General Social Equilibrium 
3. Social Theory and the Analytical Core 
4. Final Observations 


The comments on Dirk Helbing and my paper “Homo Socialis: An Analytical Core for Sociological Theory” have provided many insightful suggestions. Several, such as Siegwart Lindenberg’s (2015) proposal to include flexible activation to the core and David Wolpert’s (2015) persona model, I take to be interesting complements to our suggestions. Others, such as Michael Macy’s (2015), include admirable interpretations of our argument. I will here address a subset of issues where commentators have questioned some aspects of our proposal. I thank the commentators for helping me think more carefully about some key issues.