This chapter evaluates Jon Elster’s Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality thirty-five years after publication. In the first section of the chapter. Sour grapes may refer to: Contents. 1 Rhetorics; 2 Music; 3 Books; 4 Other; 5 See also Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality (Cambridge, ), a book by Jon Elster describing the phenomenon of adaptive preference formation . I now move on to the second of Jon Elster’s books that I proposed to discuss Jon Elster, Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality.

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You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. This is hard to convey in a review. Sour Grapes is really flster virtuoso performance, so far-reaching are the topics with which it deals with and the sources upon which it draws.

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Please soir your cart. Added to PP index Total downloads 40, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 6 91, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? There is no reason to suppose that beliefs shaped by interests tend to serve these interests p. What I Have Learned…. Towards a Critical Sociology Routledge Revivals. Ulysses and the Sirens: The review must be at least 50 characters long. In addition to publishing on early modern philosophy and science, he writes about the philosophy of economics and political theory.


By contrast, Elster shows that not all desires are worthy of being satisfied. Cambridge University Press Amazon. In this situation, I have the following preference ordering: The Routledge Companion to Ethics. Autonomy and Adaptive Preferences.

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Economically, there is much about the behaviour of addicts that displays characteristics of rational economic choice. Legal Conversation as Signifier. Preface to this edition Richard Holton; Acknowledgements; 1. The preferences of rgapes slaves, being adaptive in the worst way, have been perverted.

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Presented in a fresh series livery and with a specially commissioned preface written by Richard Holton, illuminating its continuing importance to philosophical enquiry, Sour Grapes has been revived for a new generation of readers. Drawing on philosophy, political and souf theory, decision-theory, economics, psychology, history and literature, Jon Elster’s classic book Sour Grapes continues and complements the arguments of his acclaimed earlier elstdr, Ulysses and the Sirens.

This explanatory scheme might give economists some rationale for discriminating against the wants of sadists, although not on the grounds that the desires of sadists were wrong or immoral.


Epistemological Problems of Economics. Proofs, Arguments, and Other Reasonings. But it is what gives Elster’s work its uniquely attractive quality. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Thompson effect Elster essentially by-products ethical evidence ex ante example explained fact faking fallacy e,ster set freedom frustration G.

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Music Gapes Philosophy Physical Sciences. Request removal from index. The Future and Its Enemies. It concerns itself with such phenomena as time-preference, time-inconsistency, and hyperbolic discounting.

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