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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Studies in the Subversion of Rationality. In other words, they depend heavily on the temporal order in which choices are presented. 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. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout.

In assessing this efficiency they will presumably do a calculation of how well it satisfies the aggregate 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.


The preferences of the slaves, being adaptive in the worst way, have been perverted. Rationality in the broad sense depends on the way in which sohr states are actually formed. How to write a great review. Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

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I mentioned in the previous post that Elster is an analytical Marxist. Two individuals may be exactly alike in their beliefs and wants, and yet we might assess them differently from the point of view of rationality, judgment elsetr autonomy.

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So what is my real preference, the one that economists should be trying to figure out how to satisfy? Ulysses and the Sirens very much concerns the difficulty of whose preferences are to be satisfied. There is no reason to suppose that beliefs shaped by interests tend to serve these interests p. Newer Post Older Post Home.


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 garpes. Trust, Ethics and Human Reason. Intro Sociol Education V 9.

For example, it is comforting to believe that our preferences obey the law of transitivity: For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQsand if you can”t find the answer there, please contact us.

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Socratic Questions and Aristotelian Answers: Reason and Compassion Routledge Revivals. There are many good reasons grapex to accept a rational choice theory of addiction. Justice and Desert-Based Emotions. We tend to think that preferences have at least some minimal rational ordering. Beautiful Risk of Education. Alchemies of the Mind Jon Elster Inbunden. The New Significance of Learning.

Studies in the Subversion of Rationality Cambridge: Phenomenology and the Political.