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Ulysses and the sirens : studies in rationality and irrationality

Author: Jon Elster
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York ; Melbourne : Cambridge University Press ; Paris : Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l'homme, cop. 1979
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This book, first published in 1979, is composed of studies in a descending sequence from perfect rationality, through imperfect and problematical rationality, to irrationality. Specifically human  Read more...

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Genre/Form: études diverses
[études diverses]
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jon Elster
ISBN: 0521223881 9780521223881
OCLC Number: 461743725
Notes: Bibliogr. p. 180-189 p. Index.
Description: IX-193 p. ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface to the revised edition; Preface and acknowledgements; Part I. Perfect Rationality: Beyond Gradient-Climbing: 1. Introduction; 2. The locally maximizing machine; 3. The globally maximizing machine; 4. Strategic behaviour in animals and men; 5. Functionalist explanation in sociology; Part II. Imperfect Rationality: Ulysses and the Sirens: 1. Introduction; 2. Towards a definition; 3. Pascal; 4. Descartes; 5. Inconsistent time preferences; 6. Endogenous change of preferences; 7. Precommitment in animal behaviour; 8. Abdication from power; 9. Some conclusions and further questions; Part III. Problematic Rationality: Some Unresolved Problems in the Theory of Rational Behaviour: 1. Introduction; 2. Games without solutions; 3. Lexicographic preferences; 4. Subjective probability; 5. Maximizing, satisficing and natural selection; 6. Traditional behaviour and random behaviour; 7. Explaining altruism; 8. Inconstancy; 9. Paradox; 10. And so what; Part IV. Irrationality: Contradictions of the Mind: 1. Introduction; 2. Hate; 3. Love; 4. Self-deception; References; Index.
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