Cambridge University Press. – Ulysses and the Sirens: Studies in Rationality and Irrationality: Revised Edition. Jon Elster. Frontmatter. Ulysses and the Sirens has 24 ratings and 2 reviews. Anthony said: I was a Jon Elster (Editor) Be the first to ask a question about Ulysses and the Sirens. even more valuable than it is. II. Ulysses and the Sirens. F. H. Hahn. University of Cambridge. Jon Elster’s Ulysses and the Sirens* is an outstandingly intelligent.

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Wrb added it Jul 28, UCI Department of Philosophy. A student of the philosophy of social science a topic he investigated through case studies in Explaining Technical ChangeElster strongly argued that social scientific explanations had to be built on top of methodological individualism skrens belief that only individuals, not larger entities like “organizations” or “societies”, can actually do things and microfoundations explaining big societal changes in terms of individual actions.

Sirenss in to use this feature. Jacqueline Miranda rated it liked it Nov 03, To see what your friends thought of tne book, please sign up. Solomonic Judgements Studies in the Limitations of Rationality.

It asks why people deliberately restrict their choices, binding themselves like Ulysses resisting the lure of the Sirens to prevent them doing what is in their own or somebody’s best interests.

Ulysses and the Sirens. Studies in Rationality and Irrationality

After all, by the time the occasion comes for a later self to act, the earlier self will no longer exist. Science Logic and Mathematics. The difference between endogenous and exogenous self-binding is that while the former depends on internal resources for binding, the latter depends on what could broadly be called “external technologies”, whether in the form of artificial incentives or determinative mechanisms.


Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. Edward rated it really liked it Jan 04, Frank Delaere rated it liked it Jul 05, A review in the London Review of Books noted “Elster has lost his bearings, or at least his faith. Return to Book Page. It is no different than my claiming the right to limit your choices?

Jon Elster

Be the first to ask a question about Ulysses and the Sirens. His work is difficult to summarise in a slogan, but Shreyas marked it as to-read Oct 26, Geoff marked it as to-read Apr 30, Elster previously taught at the University of Oslo in the department of history and held an endowed chair at the University of Chicagoteaching in the departments of philosophy and political science.

Please help by adding reliable sources. I was a little disappointed with this book. I now believe that rational-choice theory has less explanatory power than I used to think. The book discusses both rational behavior, but also irrational behavior, ulusses Elster says is “widespread and frequent [but] not inevitable This entry has no external links.

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The supposed parallels between the social and biological sciences are examined and the author sharply distinguishes human rationality from biological adaptation. Thus, my later thw will have an incentive to stay quit.

Once Alice has got what she wants, why would she bother to incur the cost of giving Bob what she promised to give him? Most sirebs exchanges in the form of contracts with intertemporal performance which is most if not all contracts in a large and impersonal society like ours would be impossible. This can come through upbringing or through the kind of character formation recommended in Stoic philosophy.

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John von Neumann Award recipients. We’re only contemplating one-off interactions here. Greg Davies rated it it was amazing Jan 14, This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat De Dijn – – Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie In order to be able to hear the song of the Sirens, a sound which drove men mad and made them steer into the rocks, Ulysses had his crewmen put wax in their ears and bind him to the mast of his ship.

Analyzes the rational behavior, and the kinds and degrees of rationality and irrationality.