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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Please subscribe or login to access full text content. Alchemies of the Mind Jon Elster Inbunden. He even applies slster ideas to film and jazz music. Dr Elster begins with an analysis of the notation of rationality, to provide the background and terms for the subsequent discussions, which cover irrational behaviour, irrational desires and irrational belief.

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Belief, bias and ideology; References; Index. There is no reason to suppose that beliefs shaped by a social position tend to serve the interests of the ruling or dominant group p. Now, on the face of it this is nothing new; moral philosophers have been saying as much since the time of Socrates.

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Sour Grapes is really a virtuoso performance, so far-reaching are the topics with which it deals with and the sources upon which it draws. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. I would defy anyone to read, in particular, the second chapter of Sour Grapes without being charmed by the play of a subtle intellect in a remarkable range of materials. In addition to publishing on early modern philosophy and science, he writes about the philosophy of economics and political theory. 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.

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Montessori, Dewey, and Capitalism: No economist in his right mind denies that satisfying the desires of sadists is on all fours with satisfying the desires of people with less perverted tastes. Sour Grapes takes things to a deeper level. These essays continue and complement the arguments of Jon Elster’s earlier book, Ulysses and the Sirens.


I would counter that this is correct to a certain extent, e,ster that addictive products display a notable lack of demand elasticity — although demand falls when prices rise, the reaction of demand to price is much less sensitive than it is with, say, pickles or ice cream. Sour Grapes Jon Elster Limited preview – But Elster complicates this by showing us that each of those agents is composed of an grapee number of intertemporal agents with possibly conflicting preferences, and with no clear cut indication of which of these selves is to have normative priority.

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But the economist will try to parse this in terms of utility: The Radicalism grapess Romantic Love. Whereas economics pretends to be a descriptive rather than a prescriptive or normative science, Elster examines the nature of desires to demonstrate that it might not be so easy for economics to avoid normative prescriptions.

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