Select publications and papers by Martin Hollis Select publications and papers by Martin Hollis


'Conversation Piece', Analysis 23, 142-4.


'Outsider', Punch 246, 779-

'To His Mistress', Punch 246, 736.


'Freedom' (An introduction to a special issue on free will), Common Factor No. 3 (Autumn), 4-5.


'Who am I?' (An introduction to a special issue on identity), Common Factor No. 4 (Autumn), 3-4.


'The limits of irrationality', European Journal of Sociology 7, 265-71 (and Archives européens de sociologie 8, 265), reprinted in B. Wilson (ed.), Rationality, Oxford: Blackwell 1970, and (in Italian) in F. Dei & A. Simonicca (eds.), Ragione e forme di vita, Milan: Franco Angeli 1990.

'Times and spaces', MIND 76, 524-36.

'Box and Cox', Philosophy 42, 75-78.

'Runciman's misdescriptions', Analysis 28, 8-10.

'A New Way To Simplify Truth-Functions' (with Martin J. Kay), Rand Corporation Journal


'Reason and ritual', Philosophy 43, 231-47, reprinted in B. Wilson (ed.), Rationality, Oxford: Blackwell 1970, and in A. Ryan (ed.) The Philosophy of Social Explanation, Oxford: University Press 1973.

'Reason and reality', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 68, 271-86.

'Messages' (An introduction to a special issue on communication), Common Factor No. 5 (Spring), 3-4.


Critical review of F. Waismann, Principles of Linguistic Philosophy, in Foundations of Language.


'Monadologue', Analysis 30, 145-7.

The Light of Reason: rationalist philosophers of the 17th century (selected & edited by MH), London: Fontana Books.

Tantalizers, London: George Allen & Unwin


'The pen and the purse', Proceedings of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain 5, 153-69.

Review of Stephan Körner's What Is Philosophy? in Philosophy 46, 73.


'The Man and the Mask: A Discussion of Role Theory' (with M. Bradbury and B. Heading), in J.A. Jackson (ed.) Role, Cambridge: University Press.

'Witchcraft and Winchcraft', Philosophy of the Social Sciences 2, 89-103.

'J.S. Mill's political philosophy of mind', Philosophy 47, 334-47, reprinted in R. Halliday & C. Ten (eds.) John Stuart Mill, London: Allen & Unwin 1987.

Review of A.H. Halsey and Martin Trow, The British Academics, in Journal of European Studies 2, 285

Review of R.S. Downie's Roles and Values: An Introduction to Social Ethics in Sociological Review 20, 465-


'Theory in miniature', MIND 82, 525-41.

'Deductive explanation in the social sciences', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 47, 147-64.

Review of Wolfe Mays and S.C.Brown's Linguistic Analysis and Phenomenology in Philosophy 48, 95.


Rational Economic Man: A Philosophical Critique of Neo-Classical Economics (with E.J. Nell), Cambridge: University Press. Portuguese edition, O Homem Economico Rational, trans. by A. Addor, Zahar, Rio, 1977. Japanese edition 1982.

'My role and duties', in R.S. Peters (ed.) Nature and Conduct, London: Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures 8, London: Macmillan.

'A retort to the Tortoise', MIND 84, 610-16.

Review of J.L. Mackie's The Cement of the Universe in Philosophy 50, 362.

Review of Ernest Gellner's Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences, in Philosophy of the Social Sciences 5, 86.

'Ideology and Metaphysics', in S. Körner (ed.) Explanation, Oxford: Blackwell.


'Good will in politics', Proceedings of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain 10, 167-71.


Models of Man: Philosophical Thoughts on Social Action, Cambridge: University Press.

Review of Ernest Gellner's Legitimation of Belief, in Philosophical Review 86, 119-21.

'The self in action', in R.S. Peters (ed.), Dewey Reconsidered, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.


'Action and context', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 52, 43-56. Reprinted in J. Tully (ed.) Meaning and Context, Princeton NJ: University Press.

'Doctrine and decision' (with Patricia Hollis), New Universities Quarterly 32, 213-22.

Review of Anthony Giddens' New Rules of Sociological Method: A Positive Critique of Interpretative Sociologies in Theory and Decision 9, 313-


'Rational man and social science', in R. Harrison (ed.) Rational Action: Studies in Philosophy and Social Science, 1-15, Cambridge: University Press.

Philosophy and Economic Theory (ed. with Frank Hahn). Oxford: University Press. Latin American edition: Filosofia y teoria economica, Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Economica 1988.

'Two economists' (with Edward J. Nell), in Hahn & Hollis (eds.), Philosophy and Economic Theory, Oxford: University Press. [This is extracted from Hollis and Nell 1975.]

'The epistemological unity of mankind', in S. Brown (ed.) Philosophical Disputes in the Social Sciences, Brighton: Harvester Press.

Review of John Kekes' A Justification of Rationality in Philosophy of the Social Sciences 9, 115.

'The expressive voter', in S. Benn (ed.), Political Participation, Canberra.

'Men of Action', Encounter.


'Meaning and method: some recent work in the philosophy of the social sciences', Philosophy 55, 239-48.

'Of myths and men', Philosophy of the Social Sciences 10, 208-


'Meaning, choice and a science of action', in L. Oppenheim (ed.), Action Theoretical Approaches to Developmental Psychology, Amsterdam: University Press.

'Economic man and original sin', Political Studies 29, 167-

Review of John Hicks' Causality in Economics in Philosophical Quarterly 31, 189-90


Rationality and Relativism (ed. with S. Lukes), Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

'The social destruction of reality', in Hollis and Lukes (eds.), Rationality and Relativism.

'The proper study of mankind', UEA Inaugural Lecture (27 April 1982)

'Education as a positional good', Journal of Philosophy of Education 16, 235-44, reprinted in R. Straughan & J. Wilson (eds.) Philosophies of Education London: Macmillan.

'Dirty hands', British Journal of Political Science 12, 385.

Review of Alan Garfinkel's Forms of Explanation: Rethinking the Questions of Social Theory and Alexander Rosenberg's Sociobiology and the Pre-emption of Social Science, in Journal of Philosophy 79, 283-6


'Rational preferences', Philosophical Forum 14, 246-62.'Categorial imprisonment', Grazer Philosophische Studien 20, 3-15.

'The social liberty game', in A. Phillips Griffith (ed.), Of Liberty: Supplement to "Philosophy 1983", 31-45, Cambridge: University Press.

'Jim and the Indians', Analysis 43, 36-9.

Review of Amartya Sen and Bernard Williams' (eds.) Utilitarianism and Beyond in Economic Journal 93, 417-9.

'Conceptual imprisonment', in R. Haller (ed.), Beitrage zur Philosophie von Stephan Körner, 3-16, Amsterdam: Rodopi.


'Positional goods', Philosophy 18, 97-110, reprinted in A. Phillips Griffith (ed.) Philosophy and Practice (Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture Series 18) Cambridge: University Press 1985.

'A paradoxical train of thought', Analysis 44, 205-6.

'Great expectations' (with Shaun Hargreaves Heap), UEA Economics Discussion paper 85

'In defence of two demons', in P. Wiles & G. Routh (eds.) Economics in Disarray, 22-29, Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

'Bread and circumstances: the need for political economy' (with Shaun Hargreaves Heap), in D., Whynes (ed.) What is Political Economy? 7-30, Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

'Rationality' in R. Harré (ed.) The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Psychology, Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

'Behind the mask' (Talk on BBC Radio 3)


Invitation to Philosophy, Oxford: Blackwell. Spanish edition: Invitacion a la Filosofia, trans. by J-A. Inglesias, Barcelona, Ariel 1986. Italian edition: Introduzione alla Filosofia, trans. by R. Brigati, Universale Paperbacks il Mulino, Bologna 1994. Portuguese edition 1995.

Review of Richard Bernstein's Beyond Objectivism and Relativism, RATIO 27, 97-9.

Review of A. Ryan's Property and Political Theory, MIND 94, 630-2.

'Of masks and men', in Michael Carrithers, S. Collins and Stephen Lukes (eds.), The Category of the Person, Cambridge: University Press.

'The emperor's newest clothes', Economics and Philosophy 1, 128-33.

'Report on Analysis problem no. 20', Analysis 45, 177.

'Riddles of public choice' (with Robert Sugden & Albert Weale), Times High Education Supplement 25 October 1985, p.15.


'Roles and reasons in foreign policy decision making' (with Steve Smith), British Journal of Political Science 16, 269-86.

'More paradoxical epistemics', Analysis 46, 217-8.

'Child death: why social workers are responsible' (with David Howe) Community Care 614, June 1986, 20-21.


The Cunning of Reason, Cambridge: University Press.

'Moral risks in social work' (with David Howe), Journal of Applied Philosophy 4, 123-33.

'Reasons of honour', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 87, 1-19.

'Determinism', 'Economic Man', 'Epistemological Issues in Economics', 'Occam's Razor', (all with Shaun Hargreaves Heap) in John Eatwell, Murray Milgate, and Peter Newman (eds.) The New Palgrave: A Dictionary of Economics, vol. 2. London: Macmillan, 54-55.

'Great expectations: Rationele verwachtingen in de ekonomische theorie', Tijdschrift voor politieke ekonomie 11, 8-29.


'A death of one's own', Philosophy 23, 1-15, reprinted in J. Bell & S. Mendus (eds.) Philosophy and Medical Welfare, Cambridge: University Press

Review of David-Hillel Ruben's The Metaphysics of the Social World, MIND 97, 141-3.

'Say it with flowers', in J. Tully (ed.) Meaning and Context: Quentin Skinner and his critics, Cambridge: Polity Press


'Honour among thieves' (British Academy Philosophical Lecture), Proceedings of the British Academy 75, 163-80, reprinted in Hollis, Reason in Action.

'Predestination', Cogito 3, 71-2.

'Three men in a muddle', Cogito 3, 255-6.

'Atomic energy and moral glue', Journal of Philosophy of Education 23, 185-93.

'Eguaglianza nel mercato e libertà sociale', Biblioteca della libertà 104, 23-38. Reprinted in S. Maffetone (ed.), Liberta ed equaglianza, 69-90, La Rose Editrice, Turin, 1997. English version 'Market equality and social freedom' 1990.

Review of T.L.S. Sprigge's The Rational Foundation of Ethics, in Philosophy 64, 113.


'Moves and motives in the games we play', Analysis 50, 49-62, reprinted in Hollis, Reason in Action.

Explaining and Understanding International Relations (with Steve Smith), Oxford: Clarendon Press.

'Moral risks in the social work role' (with David Howe), British Journal of Social Work 20, 547-52.

'Market equality and social freedom', Journal of Applied Philosophy 7, 15-23, reprinted in B. Almond & D. Hill (eds.) Applied Philosophy: Morals and Metaphysics in Contemporary Debate, London; Routledge 1991.

'The poetics of personhood', in A. Malachowski (ed.), Reading Rorty, 244-256, Cambridge: Blackwell.

'The theoretical foundations of conflict' (with S. Hargreaves Heap), in Y. Varoufakis & D. Young (eds.), Conflict In Economics, 20-36, London: Harvester Wheatsheaf.

'Social thought and social action', UEA Centre for Public Choice Studies Discussion Paper in public choice and social theory 3

Review of S.L. Hurley's Natural Reasons: Personality and Polity in Philosophy 65, 528.

'I limit dell irrazionalita', in F. Dei & A. Simonicca (eds.), Ragione e forme di vita, Milan: Franco Angeli.

Review of A. Morton's Disasters and Dilemmas in Times Literary Supplement

'Puzzles and posers', Cogito 4, 132.


Rationalität und soziales Verstehen, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp

'Penny pinching and backward induction', Journal of Philosophy 88, 473-88.

'Friends, Romans and Consumers', Ethics 102, 27-41, reprinted in D. Milligan & W. Watts Miller (eds.), Liberalism, Citizenship and Autonomy, Aldershot: Avebury Press 1992.

'Beware of gurus: structure and action in international relations' (with Steve Smith), Review of International Studies 17, 393-410.

'Citizenship in an enterprise culture', in S. Hargreaves Heap & A. Ross (eds), Mary Douglas and the Enterprise Culture, Edinburgh: University Press.

'Keynes and rational behaviour', in R.M. O'Donnell (ed.), Keynes as Philosopher-Economist, 227-235, London: Macmillan.

'The mutual investment game' (with R. Cubitt), Analysis 51, 113-20.

'Why Elster is stuck & needs to recover his faith' (Review of The Cement of Society, Solomonic Judgements, and Nuts and Bolts of the Social Sciences, all by Jon Elster), London Review of Books 13 (24/01/91), 13.


The Theory of Choice: A Critical Guide (ed. with S. Hargreaves Heap, B. Lyons, R. Sugden and A. Weale), Oxford: Blackwell.

Moralische Entscheidung und rationale Wahl, (ed. with W. Vossenkuhl), Berlin & Munich: Oldenbourg.

'Structure and action: further comment' (with Steve Smith), Review of International Studies 18, 187-8.

'Market equality and social freedom', in Brenda Almond (ed.) Applied Philosophy, Routledge: London.

'Man as a subject for social science', in L.E. Hahn & P.A. Schilpp (eds.), The Philosophy of A.J. Ayer, 225-236, La Salle IL: Open Court.

'Trouble with leprechauns', Philosophy 33 (supp.), 25-39, reprinted in A. Phillips Griffiths (ed.), The Impulse to Philosophise, Cambridge: University Press.

'Social thought and social action', in Ernan McMullin (ed.), The Social Dimensions of Science, 68-84, Notre Dame IN: University of Notre Dame Press.

'Historical prediction', in W. Newton-Smith & Jiang Tianji (eds.), Popper in China, 37-54, London: Routledge.

'A prayer for understanding', in C.M. Lewis (ed.), Relativism and Religion, Philadelphia PA: Temple University Press.

Review of John Broome's Weighing Goods in MIND 101, 553-4.

Review of D. Braybrooke's The Philosophy of Social Science in Ethics 102, 665-6.

'A rational agent's gotta do what a rational agent's gotta do', Royal Economic Society Newsletter January 1992, 12-13, reprinted in Reason in Action

'Winch i czary', in E. Mokrzycki (ed.), Racjonalnosc i style myslenia, pp.296-323, Wydawnictwo Instytutu Filozofii i Socjologii PAN: Warsaw. (Polish translation by Tadeusz Szawiel of 'Witchcraft and Winchcraft' 1972.)


'The agriculture of the mind', in Gauthier & Sugden (eds.) Rationality, Justice and the Social Contract, Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf.

'Rationality in Action' (with Robert Sugden), MIND 102, 1-35.

'Rationality (Reason)' and 'Relativism', in W. Outhwaite (ed.), The Twentieth Century Encyclopaedia of Social Thought, Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

Review of Frederic Schick's Understanding Action: An Essay on Reasons in Journal of Philosophy 90, 531-33.

Review of Geoffrey Hawthorne's Plausible Worlds: Possibility and Understanding in History and the Social Sciences in Political Studies 41, 185.


'The international system' (with Steve Smith), in W. Olson (ed.), The Theory and Practice of International Relations (7th edition), Englewood NJ: Prentice Hall.

'The gingerbread game', Analysis 54, 196-200.

The Philosophy of Social Science: An Introduction, Cambridge: University Press. (Translated as Filosofia de Las Ciencas Sociales, Ariel Publications, 2003)
'Two stories about structure and agency' (with Steve Smith), Review of International Studies 20, 241-51

Review of Jon Elster's Local Justice: How Institutions Allocate Scarce Goods and Necessary Burdens in Political Studies 42, 556.


'The shape of a life', in J.E.J. Altham & R. Harrison (eds.) World, Mind and Ethics: Essays on the ethical philosophy of Bernard Williams, Cambridge: University Press.

'Is rationality theological?', UEA Papers in Philosophy 5, 9-15.

'Freedom as an ideal', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 69, 101-12.

'Liberal justice: political and metaphysical' (with Richard Bellamy), Philosophical Quarterly 45, 1-19.

'Can we choose to be saved?' (Unpublished paper given to UEA Philosophy Society 2 March 1995)


Reason in Action: Essays in the Philosophy of Social Science, Cambridge: University Press.

'How biological beasts learn the rules of the game' (Review of John R. Searle's The Construction of Social Reality), in Times Literary Supplement 12 January 1996, 13.

'Machiavelli, Milton and Hobbes on liberty', in Richard Bellamy & Angus Ross (eds.), A Textual Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy, Manchester: University Press.

'A response: why epistemology matters in international theory' (with Steve Smith), Review of International Studies 22, 111-116.

'Philosophy of social science', in N.F. Bunnin & Tsui-James, E.P. (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy, Cambridge: Blackwell.

'The public good and the free rider', Times Literary Supplement 29 March 1996, 13-14

'Is Universalism Ethnocentric?', European Forum Talk April 1996, Florence: European University Institute.

'The Last Post?', in Steve Smith, Ken Booth and Marysia Zalewski (eds.), International Theory: Positivism and Beyond, Cambridge: University Press.


'A remarkable change in man', in Timothy O'Hagan (ed.), Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Sources of the Self, Aldershot: Avebury Press.

Invitation to Philosophy (2nd edition, revised), Cambridge: Blackwell.

‘What truth?  For whom and where?' in Jeremy Jennings and Anthony Kemp-Welch (eds.) Intellectuals in Politics, London; Routledge


Trust Within Reason, Cambridge: University Press.

Filozofia, Kraków: Znak (Polish translation by Andrzej Walkowski of Invitation to Philosophy 1997.)


'Consensus, neutrality & compromise' (with Richard Bellamy), in Bellamy & Hollis, Pluralism and Liberal Neutrality. (Special issue of Critical review of international social and political philosophy Vol. 1 No. 3 London: Cass)

Pluralism and Liberal Neutrality, (ed. with Richard Bellamy), London: Frank Cass.


The Philosophy of Social Science (2nd edition, revised by Jerry Goodenough), Cambridge: University Press

Background and project contact

This bibliography is an on-going project.  It contains details of the first publication of English works, details of the re-publication of papers in books and collections, and some original foreign-language publications, and we hope to add details of the many translations of Martin's works that were made also. Martin was a prolific writer, particularly of shorter pieces and puzzles, and making a complete bibliography will be a long and difficult task.  If you can spot any errors or omissions on this list, or have any further details to contribute, please send the information to me, Jerry Goodenough.
12 May 2009.