In Chapters 1 and 2 I argued that social facts did not involve any level of reality other than that comprised by aggregates of individuals and their characteristics. This amounted to a defence of an ‘individualist’ position against the Durkheimian’ view. But I took pains there to point out that I was concerned purely with the ‘what’ and not with the ‘why’ of social facts. That is, I was asking only what social facts are, not how they should be explained.
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