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Elster, Jon 1940-

Overview
Works: 265 works in 1,409 publications in 9 languages and 28,446 library holdings
Genres: Conference proceedings  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Director, Compiler, Other, Publishing director, Creator, Adapter, Contributor, Translator
Classifications: HX39.5, 302.13
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Most widely held works by Jon Elster
Making sense of Marx by Jon Elster( Book )

44 editions published between 1985 and 1999 in English and French and held by 1,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to Karl Marx by Jon Elster( Book )

38 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: A concise and comprehensive introduction to Marx's social, political and economic thought for the beginning student. Jon Elster surveys in turn each of the main themes of marxist thought: methodology, alienation, economics, exploitation, historical materialism, classes, politics, and ideology; in a final chapter he assesses 'what is living and what is dead in the philosophy of Marx'. The emphasis throughout is on the analytical structure of Marx's arguments and the approach is at once sympathetic, undogmatic, and rigorous
Ulysses and the Sirens : studies in rationality and irrationality by Jon Elster( Book )

58 editions published between 1976 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Multiple self( Book )

39 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and Italian and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nuts and bolts for the social sciences by Jon Elster( Book )

44 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and Italian and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is intended as an introductory survey of the philosophy of the social sciences. Jon Elster covers a vast range of topics. He describes the fascinating range of forms of irrationality and shows how these issues bear very directly upon our lives in such concrete situations as wage bargaining, economic cartels, political strikes, voting in elections, and court decisions involving child custody. This is a comprehensive introduction to the social sciences for students of political science, philosophy, sociology and economics. It will also prove fascinating to any nonacademic readers who want to understand a little better the forces governing human behaviour in its social context
Constitutionalism and democracy by Jon Elster( Book )

40 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 11 essays discussing the problems inherent in constitutional democracy and posing questions such as: "Why should a society want to impose constitutional restraints on democratic decision-making?" and "What does democracy contribute to efficient government?"
Strong feelings : emotion, addiction, and human behavior by Jon Elster( Book )

34 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book is organized around parallel analyses of emotion and addiction in order to bring out similarities as well as differences. Elster's study sheds fresh light on the generation of human behavior, ultimately revealing how cognition, choice, and rationality are undermined by the physical processes that underlie strong emotions and cravings. This book will be of particular interest to those studying the variety of human motivations who are dissatisfied with the prevailing reductionisms."--Jacket
The cement of society : a study of social order by Jon Elster( Book )

39 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and Italian and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Local justice : how institutions allocate scarce goods and necessary burdens by Jon Elster( Book )

31 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The well-being of individuals routinely depends on their success in obtaining burdens distributed by society. Local justice offers the first systematic analysis of the principles and procedures used in dispensing "local justice" in situations as varied as the admission of students to college, the choice of patients for organ transplants, the selection of workers for layoffs, and the induction of men into the army. A prominent theorist in the field of rational choice and decision making, Jon Elster develops a rich selection of empirical examples and case studies to demonstrate the diversity of procedures used by institutions that mete out local justice. From this revealing material Elster fashions a conceptual framework for understanding why institutions make these crucial allocations in the ways they do. Elster's investigation discloses the many complex and varied approaches of such decision-making bodies as selective service and adoption agencies, employers and universities, prison and immigration authorities. What are the conflicting demands placed on these institutions by the needs of applicants, the recommendations of external agencies, and their own organizational imperatives? Often, as Elster shows, methods of allocation may actually aggravate social problems. For instance, the likelihood that handicapped or minority infants will be adopted is further decreased when agencies apply the same stringent screening criteria--exclusion of people over forty, single parents, working wives, and low-income families--that they use for more sought after babies. Elster proposes a classification of the main principles and procedures used to match goods with individuals, charts the interactions among these mechanisms of local justice, and evaluates them in terms of fairness and efficiency. From his empirical groundwork, Elster builds an innovative analysis of the historical processes by which, at given times and under given circumstances, preferences become principles and principles become procedures. Local Justice concludes with a comparison of local justice systems with major contemporary theories of social justice--utilitarianism, John Rawls's A Theory of Justice, Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State and Utopia--and discusses the "commonsense conception of justice" held by professional decision makers such as lawyers, economists, and politicians. The difference between what we say about justice and how we actually dispense it is the illuminating principle behind Elster's latest work
Sour grapes : studies in the subversion of rationality by Jon Elster( Book )

37 editions published between 1983 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alchemies of the mind : rationality and the emotions by Jon Elster( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and German and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While acknowledging the importance of neurophysiology and laboratory experiment for the study of emotions, Jon Elster argues that the serious student of the emotions can learn more from the great thinkers and writers of the past, from Aristotle to Jane Austen. He attaches particular importance to the work of the French moralists, notably La Rochefoucauld, who demonstrated the way esteem and self-esteem shape human motivation. The book also maintains a running dialogue with economists and rational-choice theorists. Combining methodological and theoretical arguments with empirical case-studies, this book should have cross-disciplinary appeal
Explaining technical change : a case study in the philosophy of science by Jon Elster( Book )

42 editions published between 1983 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Solomonic judgements : studies in the limitations of rationality by Jon Elster( Book )

36 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays on rationality, its scope, its limitations and its failures
Karl Marx : a reader by Karl Marx( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection of Karl Marx's most important writings are contained in this volume. It was designed as a companion to Elster's "An introduction to Karl Marx" but may be used alone
Alternatives to capitalism by Jon Elster( Book )

29 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foundations of social choice theory by Jon Elster( Book )

34 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deliberative democracy by Aisite( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is sometimes assumed that voting is the central mechanism for political decision making. However, the contributors to this volume focus on an alternative mechanismdecision by discussion or deliberation. These original contributions include case studies based on historical and current instances of deliberative democracy, normative discussion of the merits of deliberation compared with other models of collective decision making, and studies of the conditions under which deliberation tends to improve the quality of decisions. This volume takes a realistic approach: rather than assuming that deliberative democracy is always ideal, the authors critically probe its limits and weaknesses as well as its strengths
Explaining social behavior : more nuts and bolts for the social sciences by Jon Elster( Book )

33 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: This book is an expanded and revised edition of the author's critically acclaimed volume Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences. In twenty-six succinct chapters, Jon Elster provides an account of the nature of explanation in the social sciences. He offers an overview of key explanatory mechanisms in the social sciences, relying on hundreds of examples and drawing on a large variety of sources-psychology, behavioral economics, biology, political science, historical writings, philosophy and fiction. Written in accessible and jargon-free language, Elster aims at accuracy and clarity while eschewing formal models
Reason and rationality by Jon Elster( Book )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and French and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the world's most important political philosophers, Jon Elster is a leading thinker on reason and rationality and their roles in politics and public life. In this short book, he crystallizes and advances his work, bridging the gap between philosophers who use the idea of reason to assess human behavior from a normative point of view and social scientists who use the idea of rationality to explain behavior. In place of these approaches, Elster proposes a unified conceptual framework for the study of behavior." "Drawing on classical moralists as well as modern scholarship, and using a wealth of historical and contemporary illustrations, Reason and Rationality marks a new development in Elster's thinking while at the same time providing a brief, elegant, and accessible introduction to his work." -- Provisto por el editor
Transitional justice by American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume ... arose out of the papers and commentaries presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Legal and Political Philosophy in conjunction with the American Political Science Association meetings in Washington, D.C., in September 2005"--Preface
 
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Making sense of Marx
Alternative Names
Elster, J. 1940-

Elster, Jon

Jon Elster filosofo e sociologo norvegese

Jon Elster norsk filosof og samfunnsforsker

Jon Elster norwegisch-US-amerikanischer Soziologe

エルスター, J

ヤン・エルスター

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An introduction to Karl MarxUlysses and the Sirens : studies in rationality and irrationalityThe Multiple selfNuts and bolts for the social sciencesConstitutionalism and democracyStrong feelings : emotion, addiction, and human behaviorThe cement of society : a study of social orderLocal justice : how institutions allocate scarce goods and necessary burdens