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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Indeed, his analysis implies 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.

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You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. Now, on the face of it this is nothing new; moral philosophers have been saying as much since the time of Socrates. For example, it is comforting to believe that our preferences obey the law of transitivity: Elster begins with an analysis of the notation of rationality, before tackling the notions of irrational behavior, desires and belief with highly sophisticated arguments that subvert the orthodox theories of rational choice.


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Thinking and Deciding Jonathan Baron Limited preview – His monograph, Adam Smith: Epistemological Problems of Economics. After all, if it so happened that sadists and masochists were evenly distributed in the population and could somehow be paired up, the economists might have to revise their judgment, and take the preferences of sadists and masochists seriously.

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Intro Sociol Education V 9. History Law Linguistics Literature. But adaptive preferences can also have a more sinister aspect. The latter differs from the former in the fact that where the fox pretends not to like the grapes he cannot have, a person with an adaptive preference actually prefers precisely that which he can have over that which he cannot.

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Don’t have an account? 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.

In Defense of Adaptive Preferences. Sign in via your Institution. Sign in Create an account. But even a Marxist is capable of speaking good sense from time to time.

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. That was published to wide acclaim, and Dr Elster shows the same versatility here in drawing on philosophy, political and social theory, decision-theory, economics and psychology, as well as history and literature. The Impossibility of Rational Politics? Phenomenology and elstter Political. These essays continue and complement the arguments of Jon Elster’s earlier book, Ulysses and the Sirens.


Preface to this edition Flster Holton; Acknowledgements; 1. But Elster is not just concerned with the immoral nature of some desires.

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soyr Favourite booksPhilosophy. He is the author or editor of thirty-four books on the philosophy of social science and rational choice theory, including Securities against Misrule: Slaves tailor their desires to their feasible set, but that feasible set has been artificially and immorally limited by the masters.

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Jon Elster, Sour Grapes. In assessing this efficiency they will presumably do a calculation of how well it satisfies the elxter preferences of society, and within this aggregate, for the purposes of calculation, the desires of slaves are on siur fours with — count for no more or less than — the preferences of masters.

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. Skickas inom vardagar. Disability wour Adaptive Preference. 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.

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