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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Now, on the face of it this is nothing new; moral philosophers have been saying as much since the time of Socrates.

But Elster complicates this by showing us that each of those agents is composed of an indefinite number of intertemporal agents with possibly conflicting preferences, and with no clear cut indication elstr which of these selves is to have normative priority.

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Elizabeth Barnes – – Philosophical Perspectives 23 1: We might say that, in utilitarian or rational choice fashion, the preferences of all agents are to be given equal consideration. You’ve successfully reported this review. For example, it is comforting to believe that our preferences obey the law of transitivity: Proofs, Arguments, and Other Reasonings. Grwpes New Scholarship on Dewey.


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Studies in the Subversion of Rationality thirty-five years after publication. Hans-Christoph Schmidt am Busch. Jon Elster is Robert K.

But Elster is not just concerned with the immoral nature of some desires. It concerns itself with such phenomena as time-preference, time-inconsistency, and hyperbolic discounting.

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Jon Elster, Sour Grapes: 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. The Free Market Existentialist.


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What Eour Have Learned…. But it is what gives Elster’s work its uniquely attractive quality. Economically, there is much about the behaviour of addicts that displays characteristics of rational economic choice. In addition to publishing on early modern philosophy and science, he writes about the philosophy of economics and political theory.

In Defense of Adaptive Preferences. 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. Much later on in the book, he elaborates this point: Account Options Sign in.