Methodological Individualism

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Methodological individualism is the requirement that causal accounts of social phenomena explain how they result from the motivations and actions of individual agents. It considers that the only thing in the social world that is real are the things that one can touch and see, which is individual humans. This view of society holds that when all is said and done society can be nothing more than all of its constituent individuals. The paradigm of methodological individualism gives a whole approach to studying social phenomena, one that is focused on the properties of the individuals and their linear interactions.