Elster, Jon 1940-
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Most widely held works by Jon Elster
Strong feelings emotion, addiction, and human behavior by Jon Elster ( Book )
25 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 1,729 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.
Making sense of Marx by Jon Elster ( Book )
28 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,043 libraries worldwide
An introduction to Karl Marx by Jon Elster ( Book )
16 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 895 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.
The Multiple self ( Book )
25 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and held by 746 libraries worldwide
Constitutionalism and democracy ( Book )
18 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and Chinese and held by 708 libraries worldwide
Nuts and bolts for the social sciences by Jon Elster ( Book )
22 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in English and held by 707 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.
Ulysses and the Sirens : studies in rationality and irrationality by Jon Elster ( Book )
25 editions published between 1976 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 688 libraries worldwide
The cement of society : a study of social order by Jon Elster ( Book )
20 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and held by 659 libraries worldwide
Local justice : how institutions allocate scarce goods and necessary burdens by Jon Elster ( Book )
10 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 648 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.
Karl Marx : a reader by Karl Marx ( Book )
6 editions published between 1986 and 1995 in English and held by 648 libraries worldwide
Sour grapes : studies in the subversion of rationality by Jon Elster ( Book )
21 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and Turkish and held by 636 libraries worldwide
Alchemies of the mind : rationality and the emotions by Jon Elster ( Book )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 616 libraries worldwide
Jon Elster argues that whilst neurophysiology and laboratory experiments can provide much information when studying the emotions, one should also learn from the great writers and thinkers of the past.
Alternatives to capitalism ( Book )
13 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 603 libraries worldwide
Solomonic judgements : studies in the limitations of rationality by Jon Elster ( Book )
12 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and Spanish and held by 600 libraries worldwide
A collection of essays on rationality, its scope, its limitations and its failures.
Explaining technical change : a case study in the philosophy of science by Jon Elster ( Book )
18 editions published between 1983 and 1993 in English and held by 581 libraries worldwide
Foundations of social choice theory ( Book )
20 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and held by 570 libraries worldwide
Institutional design in post-communist societies : rebuilding the ship at sea by Jon Elster ( Book )
8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 490 libraries worldwide
Closing the books : transitional justice in historical perspective by Jon Elster ( Book )
15 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and German and held by 489 libraries worldwide
An analysis of transitional justice - retribution and reparation after a change of political regime - from Athens in the fifth century BC to the present. The book describes the universe of cases, and proposes a framework for explaining the variations among them.
Deliberative democracy ( Book )
12 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 483 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.
Interpersonal comparisons of well-being ( Book )
13 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in English and held by 479 libraries worldwide
Addicts--Psychology Capitalism Central planning Choice (Psychology) Collective bargaining Communism Comparative government Compulsive behavior--Etiology Constitutional history Custody of children Decision making Democracy Distributive justice Emotions Emotions--Social aspects Europe, Eastern Ex post facto laws Irrationalism (Philosophy) Justice, Administration of--Political aspects Literature Marx, Karl,--1818-1883 Marxian school of sociology Political crimes and offenses Political science Post-communism Profit-sharing Psychology--Philosophy Rational expectations (Economic theory) Rationalism Rationalism--Psychological aspects Reasoning Reasoning (Psychology) Resource allocation Restorative justice Science--Philosophy Self (Philosophy) Self-control Self-deception Social choice Social interaction Socialism Social justice Social norms Social sciences--Methodology Social sciences--Philosophy Substance abuse--Etiology Sweden Technological innovations Technology--Philosophy Transitional justice