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Elster, Jon 1940-

Works: 374 works in 1,872 publications in 9 languages and 37,159 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Director, Other, Compiler, Publishing director, Creator, Translator, ed, Research team head, Contributor
Classifications: DC138, 944.04
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Strong feelings : emotion, addiction, and human behavior by Jon Elster( )

33 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,040 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
Reason and rationality by Jon Elster( )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and French and held by 1,850 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( )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 1,747 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
Nuts and bolts for the social sciences by Jon Elster( )

37 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 1,520 WorldCat member 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
Making sense of Marx by Jon Elster( Book )

54 editions published between 1985 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 1,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A systematic, critical examination of Karl Marx's social theories and their philosophical presuppositions. Through extensive discussions of the texts Jon Elster offers a balanced and detailed account of Marx's views that is at once sympathetic, undogmatic and rigorous. Equally importantly he tries to assess 'what is living and what is dead in the philosophy of Marx', using the analytical resources of contemporary social science and philosophy. Professor Elster insists on the need for microfoundations in social science and provides a systematic criticism of functionalism and teleological thinking in Marx. He argues that Marx's economic theories are largely wrong or irrelevant; historical materialism is seen to have only limited plausibility (and is not even consistently applied by Marx); Marx's most lasting achievements are the criticism of capitalism in terms of alienation and exploitation and the theory of class struggle, politics and ideology under capitalism, though in these areas too Elster enters substantial qualifications. The book should take its place as the most comprehensive and sophisticated modern study available
Closing the books : transitional justice in historical perspective by Jon Elster( )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 1,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After surveying a broad range of justifications and excuses for wrongdoings and criteria for selecting and indemnifying victims, the book concludes with a discussion of three general explanatory factors: economic and political constraints, the retributive emotions, and the play of party politics."--Jacket
Securities against misrule : juries, assemblies, elections by Jon Elster( )

13 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book proposes a normative theory of collective decision making, inspired by Jeremy Bentham but not including his utilitarian philosophy. The central proposal is that in designing democratic institutions one should reduce as much as possible the impact of self-interest, passion, prejudice, and bias on the decision makers, and then let the chips fall where they may. There is no independently defined good outcome that institutions can track, nor is there any way of reliably selecting good decision makers. In addition to a long initial chapter that surveys theories of collective decision making, notably social-choice theory, and a chapter expounding and discussing Bentham, Ŵs views, historical chapters on the jury, constituent assemblies, and electoral systems develop and illustrate the main ideas. This work draws on a welter of case studies and historical episodes, from Thucydides and Plutarch to the present. It is also grounded in psychology, behavioral economics, and law"--
An introduction to Karl Marx by Jon Elster( Book )

39 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 981 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
Alexis de Tocqueville : the first social scientist by Jon Elster( )

16 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book proposes a new interpretation of Alexis de Tocqueville that views him first and foremost as a social scientist rather than as a political theorist. Drawing on his earlier work on the explanation of social behavior, Jon Elster argues that Tocqueville's main claim to our attention today rests on the large number of exportable causal mechanisms to be found in his work, many of which are still worthy of further exploration. Elster proposes a novel reading of Democracy in America in which the key explanatory variable is the rapid economic and political turnover rather than equality of wealth at any given point in time. He also offers a reading of The Ancien regime and the Revolution as grounded in the psychological relations among the peasantry, the bourgeoisie, and the nobility. Consistently going beyond exegetical commentary, Elster argues that Tocqueville is eminently worth reading today for his substantive and methodological insights."--Jacket
The old régime and the French Revolution by Alexis de Tocqueville( )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new translation of an undisputed classic aims to be both accurate and readable. Tocqueville's subtlety of style and profundity of thought offer a challenge to readers as well as to translators. As both a Tocqueville scholar and an award-winning translator, Arthur Goldhammer is uniquely qualified for the task. In his Introduction, Jon Elster draws on his recent work to lay out the structure of Tocqueville's argument. Readers will appreciate The Ancien Régime and the French Revolution for its sense of irony as well as tragedy, for its deep insights into political psychology, and for its impassioned defense of liberty"--
Ulysses and the Sirens : studies in rationality and irrationality by Jon Elster( Book )

50 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retribution and reparation in the transition to democracy by Jon Elster( )

15 editions published in 2006 in English and Portuguese and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Análise comparativa sobre a justiça política e os aspectos jurídicos dos crimes políticos e da democratização após a Segunda Guerra Mundial, nos seguintes países: Alemanha, França, Áustria, Hungria, Escandinávia, Dinamarca, Noruega, Bélgica, Argentina, Chile, África do Sul
Constitutionalism and democracy by Jon Elster( Book )

39 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 846 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?"
Sour grapes : studies in the subversion of rationality by Jon Elster( Book )

54 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in English and held by 836 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 Multiple self( Book )

37 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cement of society : a study of social order by Jon Elster( Book )

45 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 804 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
Collective wisdom : principles and mechanisms by Hélène Landemore( )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"James Madison wrote, źHad every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob., Ź The contributors to this volume discuss and for the most part challenge this claim by considering conditions under which many minds can be wiser than one. With backgrounds in economics, cognitive science, political science, law, and history, the authors consider information markets, the Internet, jury debates, democratic deliberation, and the use of diversity as mechanisms for improving collective decisions. At the same time, they consider voter irrationality and paradoxes of aggregation as possibly undermining the wisdom of groups. Implicitly or explicitly, the volume also offers guidance and warnings to institutional designers"--
Explaining social behavior : more nuts and bolts for the social sciences by Jon Elster( Book )

46 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 787 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
Local justice : how institutions allocate scarce goods and necessary burdens by Jon Elster( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 763 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 )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and German and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combining methodological and theoretical arguments with empirical case studies, the author examines the role of emotions in human behavior. Examples drawn from history, literature, philosophy and psychology add interest as well as breadth
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Reason and rationality
Reason and rationalityNuts and bolts for the social sciencesMaking sense of MarxClosing the books : transitional justice in historical perspectiveAn introduction to Karl MarxAlexis de Tocqueville : the first social scientistThe old régime and the French RevolutionUlysses and the Sirens : studies in rationality and irrationality
Alternative Names
Elster J.

Elster, J. 1940-

Elster, J. (Jon)

Elster, John

Elster, Jon

Elsteris Jonas

Jon Elster filosofo e sociologo norvegese

Jon Elster filósofo y político noruego

Jon Elster Noors filosoof

Jon Elster norsk filosof og samfunnsforskar

Jon Elster norsk filosof og samfunnsforsker

Jon Elster norwegisch-US-amerikanischer Soziologe

Эльстер, Юн

Юн Естлер

Յուն Էլսթեր նորվեգացի ակադեմիկ

جون إلستر، 1940-

جون إلستر أكاديمي نرويجي

아이얼쓰터, 차오언 1940-

엘스터, 욘 1940-

엘스터, 존 1940-

エルスター, J.

エルスター, ヤン