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Elster, Jon 1940-

Works: 295 works in 1,345 publications in 5 languages and 27,229 library holdings
Genres: Conference proceedings  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: edt, drt, com, oth, cre, trl, adp
Classifications: HX39.5, 616.86
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Most widely held works by Jon Elster
Strong feelings emotion, addiction, and human behavior by Jon Elster ( )
35 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 2,675 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
Transitional justice by American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy ( )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 1,303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Criminal tribunals, truth commissions, reparations, apologies and memorializations are the characteristic instruments in the transitional justice toolkit that can help societies transition from authoritarianism to democracy, from civil war to peace, and from state-sponsored extralegal violence to a rights-respecting rule of law. Over the last several decades, their growing use has established transitional justice as a body of both theory and practice whose guiding norms and structures encompasses the range of institutional mechanisms by which societies address the wrongs committed by past regi
Reason and rationality by Jon Elster ( )
15 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,297 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
Making sense of Marx by Jon Elster ( Book )
36 editions published between 1985 and 1999 in English and French and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An introduction to Karl Marx by Jon Elster ( Book )
24 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in English and held by 911 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 )
44 editions published between 1976 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Multiple self ( Book )
34 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Constitutionalism and democracy by Jon Elster ( Book )
30 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 770 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?"
Nuts and bolts for the social sciences by Jon Elster ( Book )
32 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This 1989 book is intended as an introductory survey of the philosophy of the social sciences
The cement of society : a study of social order by Jon Elster ( Book )
33 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sour grapes : studies in the subversion of rationality by Jon Elster ( Book )
33 editions published between 1983 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Local justice : how institutions allocate scarce goods and necessary burdens by Jon Elster ( Book )
17 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 681 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
Alchemies of the mind : rationality and the emotions by Jon Elster ( Book )
18 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and German and held by 675 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
Karl Marx : a reader by Karl Marx ( Book )
12 editions published between 1986 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 666 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
Solomonic judgements : studies in the limitations of rationality by Jon Elster ( Book )
24 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of essays on rationality, its scope, its limitations and its failures
Foundations of social choice theory by Jon Elster ( Book )
33 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explaining technical change : a case study in the philosophy of science by Jon Elster ( Book )
27 editions published between 1983 and 1993 in English and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alternatives to capitalism by Jon Elster ( Book )
21 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Institutional design in post-communist societies : rebuilding the ship at sea by Jon Elster ( Book )
21 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On the transition of Eastern European countries to democracy
Deliberative democracy ( Book )
21 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 552 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
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Alternative Names
Elster, J. 1940-
Elster, Jon
エルスター, J
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