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Elster, Jon 1940-

Works: 321 works in 1,678 publications in 8 languages and 32,685 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Director, Other, Compiler, Publishing director, Creator, Translator, ed, Contributor, edc
Classifications: HX39.5, 335.4
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Making sense of Marx by Jon Elster( Book )

47 editions published between 1985 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 1,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to Karl Marx by Jon Elster( Book )

41 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 942 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 )

49 editions published between 1976 and 1996 in English and held by 859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Multiple self( Book )

31 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constitutionalism and democracy by Jon Elster( Book )

43 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 818 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 )

33 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 1989 book is intended as an introductory survey of the philosophy of the social sciences. It is essentially a work of exposition which offers a toolbox of mechanisms - nuts and bolts, cogs and wheels - that can be used to explain complex social phenomena. Within a brief compass, Jon Elster covers a vast range of topics. His point of departure is the conflict we all face between our desires and our opportunities. How can rational choice theory help us understand our motivation and behaviour? More significantly, what happens when the theory breaks down but we still cleave to a belief in the power of the rational? Elster describes the fascinating range of forms of irrationality - wishful thinking, the phenomenon of sour grapes, discounting the future in noncooperative behaviour. This is a remarkably lucid and comprehensive introduction to the social sciences for students of political science, philosophy, sociology and economics
Sour grapes : studies in the subversion of rationality by Jon Elster( Book )

51 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on philosophy, political and social theory, decision-theory, economics, psychology, history and literature, Jon Elster's classic book Sour Grapes continues and complements the arguments of his acclaimed earlier book, Ulysses and the Sirens. Elster begins with an analysis of the notation of rationality, before tackling the notions of irrational behavior, desires and belief with highly sophisticated arguments that subvert the orthodox theories of rational choice. Presented in a fresh series livery and with a specially commissioned preface written by Richard Holton, illuminating its continuing importance to philosophical enquiry, Sour Grapes has been revived for a new generation of readers
The cement of society : a study of social order by Jon Elster( Book )

36 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The question Jon Elster addresses in this challenging book is what binds societies together and prevents them from disintegrating into chaos and war. He analyses two concepts of social order: stable, predictable patterns of behaviour, and co-operative behaviour. The book examines various aspects of collective action and bargaining from the perspective of rational-choice theory and the theory of social norms. It is a fundamental assumption of the book that social norms provide an important kind of motivation for action that is irreducible to rationality. The book represents a major statement by Elster, which will be of particular interest to political scientists, political philosophers, sociologists, and economists
Strong feelings : emotion, addiction, and human behavior by Jon Elster( Book )

30 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 754 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
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 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jon Elster has written a comprehensive, wide-ranging book on the emotions in which he considers the full range of theoretical approaches. Drawing on history, literature, philosophy and psychology, Elster presents a complete account of the role of the emotions in human behaviour. While acknowledging the importance of neurophysiology and laboratory experiment for the study of emotions, 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 and written with Elster's customary verve and economy, this book has great cross-disciplinary appeal
Solomonic judgements : studies in the limitations of rationality by Jon Elster( Book )

40 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays on rationality, its scope, its limitations and its failures
Local justice : how institutions allocate scarce goods and necessary burdens by Jon Elster( Book )

21 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 680 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
Karl Marx : a reader by Karl Marx( Book )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 670 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 )

32 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu kan ji de lun wen,Gong tong tan tao le zai zhong yang ji hua ti zhi zhi wai shi fou you xian cun de zi ben zhu yi de ti dai fang shi,Yi ji zai bi jiao xing ping gu zhong suo neng yun yong e biao zhun
Explaining technical change : a case study in the philosophy of science by Jon Elster( Book )

28 editions published between 1983 and 1993 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foundations of social choice theory by Jon Elster( Book )

37 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explaining social behavior : more nuts and bolts for the social sciences by Jon Elster( Book )

45 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 624 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
Deliberative democracy by Jon Elster( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 612 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
Reason and rationality by Jon Elster( Book )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 335 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."--Jacket
Transitional justice by American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy( Book )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Criminal tribunals, truth commissions, reparations, apologies, and memorializations are characteristic instruments in transitions from authoritarianism to democracy, from civil war to peace, and from state-sponsored extra-legal 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 normative theory and institutionalized practice, developing standards for judging transitional societies' efforts to address the wrongs of the past and to lay foundations for more legitimate political and legal order. In Transitional Justice a group of leading scholars in philosophy, law, and political science settle some of the key theoretical debates over the meaning of transitional justice while opening up new ones. By engaging both theorists and empirical social scientists in the analysis of the defining issues of transitional justice, Transitional Justice also illuminates the challenges of making strong empirical claims about the impact of transitional institutions"--P. [4] of cover
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Making sense of Marx
Alternative Names
Elster, J. 1940-

Elster, J. (Jon)

Elster, John

Elster, Jon

Jon Elster filosofo e sociologo norvegese

Jon Elster Noors filosoof

Jon Elster norsk filosof og samfunnsforsker

Jon Elster norwegisch-US-amerikanischer Soziologe

Эльстер, Юн

Юн Естлер

Յուն Էլսթեր նորվեգացի ակադեմիկ

جون إلستر، 1940-

아이얼쓰터, 차오언 1940-

애이사특교은 1940-

엘스터, 욘 1940-

엘스터, 존 1940-

エルスター, J.

エルスター, ヤン



An introduction to Karl MarxUlysses and the Sirens : studies in rationality and irrationalityThe Multiple selfConstitutionalism and democracyNuts and bolts for the social sciencesSour grapes : studies in the subversion of rationalityThe cement of society : a study of social orderStrong feelings : emotion, addiction, and human behavior