Cambridge University Press. – Ulysses and the Sirens: Studies in Rationality and Irrationality: Revised Edition. Jon Elster. Frontmatter. Ulysses and the Sirens has 24 ratings and 2 reviews. Anthony said: I was a Jon Elster (Editor) Be the first to ask a question about Ulysses and the Sirens. even more valuable than it is. II. Ulysses and the Sirens. F. H. Hahn. University of Cambridge. Jon Elster’s Ulysses and the Sirens* is an outstandingly intelligent.

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Odile marked it as to-read Mar 07, Trivia About Ulysses and the S Favourite booksPhilosophy.

Kolbeinn Stefansson rated it it was amazing Nov 06, If I need to save money for Christmas presents, I might open a savings account that does not allow me to make withdrawals before December, in the knowledge that I am likely to be tempted to non the money before then. I now believe that rational-choice theory has less explanatory power than I used to think.

Either way, it is dependent on appropriate emotional response.

I do not think so. The deterrent is globally maximizing or so it is postulated. UCI Department of Philosophy. Becker Glenn C. Jorge Sotelo marked it as to-read Apr 13, Illiter8 marked it as to-read Aug 29, What kind of a society could we expect if it were impossible to make credible threats and promises? Elster was a member of the September Group for many years but left in the early s.

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On a more mundane level, “rational irrationality” occurs when you make any kind of inter-temporal threat or promise in which carrying out the threat or promise involves some cost to yourself. Science Logic and Mathematics. In many of the examples we have been considering, the preferences of earlier selves may be thwarted by later selves that give in to temptation. Thus, my later self will have an incentive to stay quit.


Jon Elster, Ulysses Unbound: Scott marked it as to-read Oct 08, Studies in Rationality, Precommitment, and Constraints.

He is also a notable proponent of analytical Marxismand a critic of neoclassical economics and public choice theorylargely on behavioral and psychological grounds. Bruna Ribas added it May 01, Anderson Castro marked it as to-read Zirens 16, In order to be able to hear the song of the Sirens, a sirsns which drove men mad and made them steer into the rocks, Ulysses had his crewmen put wax in their ears and bind him to the mast of his ship.

Ulysses and the Sirens: Studies in Rationality and Irrationality

Maria Karolina added it Oct 10, Pierre rated it really liked it Jan 25, Takuro Ishikawa rated it really liked it Feb 05, Much of Elster’s writing is characterized by attempts to use analytical theories, especially rational choice theory elzter, as a springboard for philosophical and ethical analysis, with numerous examples from literature and history.

Studies in Rationality and Irrationality Cambridge: Retrieved from ” https: An example of this is the sort elstsr Cold War nuclear strategy that Nobel Prize-winning economist Thomas Schelling famously explored: July Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Put over simply, the idea here is that the human agent is best conceptualized not as one overarching self who has an ordering of preferences and who chooses between them, but rather as an indefinite number of intertemporal selves. Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 48 4: Hazahel marked it as to-read Aug 14, Belief and the Problem of Ulysses and the Eldter.


Rich marked it as to-read Nov 05, Or the emotions love and hate can lead to contradictions. Once Alice has got what she wants, why would she bother to incur the cost of giving Bob what she promised to give him? Cintia marked it as to-read Jul 17, Implications for Cultural Analysis in Sociology.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This can come through upbringing or through the kind of character formation recommended in Stoic philosophy.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I consider discussing Elster as a natural step in the process of weaning myself from my late obsession with economics because his work has implications that sap the very foundations of economics as a rational science.

At the same time, the empirical support Milan Zafirovski – – Sociological Theory 18 3: Wrb added it Jul 28,