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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Sour grapes

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There are many good reasons not to accept a rational choice theory of addiction. Thinking and Deciding Jonathan Baron Limited elsteer – Princeton University Press,Pages.

History Law Linguistics Literature. In addition to publishing on early modern philosophy and science, he writes about the philosophy of economics and political theory. You’ve successfully reported this review.


The Elstee Scholarship on Dewey. After all, imagine how unbearable life would be if we continually felt discomfort at not having the things we want, given that we simply cannot have most of the things we want. Lucid Mind, Intrepid Spirit.

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An example might be the approach of Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker to a phenomenon like addiction: The Radicalism of Romantic Love. If the price of heroin goes up, although a few addicts may kick, many will simply steal more purses to keep up with the rise in price.

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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. Often our preferences are path-dependent in that they are dependent on my previous history of choices and desires. Find it on Scholar.

Drawing on philosophy, political and social theory, decision-theory, economics, psychology, history and literature, Jon Elster’s classic book Sour Grapes continues and complements the arguments of his acclaimed earlier book, Ulysses soir the Sirens.

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Justice and Desert-Based Emotions. Newer Post Older Post Home. How to Read, Criticize and Do Theory. Ben Colburn – – Utilitas 23 1: Skickas inom vardagar specialorder. Sour Grapes aims to subvert orthodox theories of rational choice through the study of forms of irrationality.


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Studies in the Subversion of Rationality. Path-Dependency and Context Dependency.

August 26, Imprint: Philosophy of Childhood Today. Indeed, his analysis grrapes that rationality is so easily subverted, that we ought not to put too much stock in the satisfaction of preferences at all, at least not unless we are willing to roll up our sleeves and examine the nature of the preferences we propose to satisfy.

Peter Stone – – Politics, Philosophy and Economics 2 2: But the economist will try to parse this in terms of utility: For example, it is highly unlikely that I will have a preference for fine wines if no wine at all has ever passed my lips. 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 Cambridge University Press Amazon.