ETH Zurich, 29-30 May 2014
Sommertagung der DGS-Sektion "Modellbildung und Simulation"
Raymond Boudon's pioneering work has strongly influenced contemporary sociology, especially rational choice/analytical sociology and research on education and social stratification. While others merely retell the work of classical sociologists, Boudon exploited the ideas of Weber, Durkheim, de Tocqueville and other classical sociologists in a unique way. Building on the sociological tradition, he was able to demonstrate the fruitful synthesis of classical ideas and modern analytical tools such as mathematical models, simulation methods and game theory. In doing so, Boudon succeeded in opening up black boxes, unravelling the mechanisms that generate the social phenomena to be explained.
The conference on Raymond Boudonâ€™s legacy will discuss contemporary sociological research and theory building in Boudonâ€™s tradition, including:
- Critical appraisal of theories, models, model extensions and simulation studies
- Empirical tests of theoretical models and hypothesis
- Theory and concepts of rationality and ideology
- Theory of education, inequality and mobility
- Methodological issues
- Impact on sociology
Organisers: JoeÌˆl Berger JoeÌˆl Berger (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Andreas Diekmann
Conference office: Claudia Jenny (email@example.com)