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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Ulysses and the Sirens very much concerns the difficulty of whose preferences are to be satisfied. 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.

A Cold War classic. Unknown June 17, at 6: In addition to publishing on early modern philosophy and science, he writes about the philosophy of economics and political theory.

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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.

Sour Grapes aims to subvert orthodox theories of rational choice through the study of forms of irrationality. Newer Post Older Post Home. Games Real Actors Play: But notice that they are still taken into account. August 26, Imprint: The Future and Its Enemies. The Ethics of Justice Without Illusions. If Ulysses and the Sirens demonstrated the importance of the time dimension in human preference, Sour Grapes demonstrates the importance of how preferences are formed.


A Critical Dictionary of Sociology. Ruth Yeoman – – Journal of Business Ethics 2: Studies in Rationality, Precommitment, and Constraints. Philippe Mongin – – Philosophy of the Social Sciences 21 1: Time and the Rhythms of Emancipatory Education. 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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The Reason of Rules: They advocate a position they call “libertarian paternalism”, in which the powers that be should design better institutions and choice-situations so that people can make better decisions.

The Radicalism of Romantic Love. Alchemies of the Mind Jon Elster Inbunden. Studies in the Subversion of Rationality thirty-five years after publication.

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 and autonomy. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks!


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Elster brings our attention to a phenomenon similar to sour grapes, which he calls adaptive preferences. Item s unavailable for purchase. New Philosophical, Political and Educational Lines. You’ve successfully reported this review. But adaptive preferences can also have a more sinister aspect. A Philosophy of Freedom. Lucid Mind, Intrepid Spirit.

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There is no reason to suppose that beliefs shaped by a social position tend to serve the interests of the persons in that position p. In Defense of Adaptive Preferences. Gender, Authenticity and Leadership. The title should be at least 4 characters long.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. These essays continue and complement the arguments of Jon Elster’s earlier book, Ulysses and the Sirens. Reasons and Persons Oxford: Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! Autonomy and Adaptive Preferences.

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Contents 18th-century literature 15 British moralists 4 Classics 17 Darlington’s letters 19 Ethics 8 Favourite books 13 Philosophy 41 Politics 47 Random musings 96 Republicanism 17 Sohr By contrast, Elster shows that not all desires are worthy of being satisfied. Conscience in Moral Life. Free Will and Reactive Attitudes.