Wednesday, August 25, Jon Elster, "Ulysses and the Sirens" Methinks this blog has become a little too obsessed with economics. It was certainly never the intention of The Spectacled Avenger to run an economics blog, but unfortunately that is the channel in which his slender genius hath run of late. As a first step, I propose to discuss the work of a man who is possibly the living thinker with the greatest influence on my thought. He is the Norwegian philosopher, economist, political theorist, social scientists, and all-around polymath Jon Elster.

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Maunos Ulysses and the Sirens: Studies in Rationality and Irrationality The deterrent is globally maximizing or so it is postulated.

Kolbeinn Stefansson rated it it was amazing Nov 06, Of course, we should note that this whole dynamic changes where there is the prospect of repeated interactions between Alice and Bob. Science Logic and Mathematics.

Methinks this blog has become a little too obsessed with economics. And although some responses can be faked some of the time, evolution has also selected for human beings with an ability to sniff out the fakes. Jon Elster Cass Sunstein rated it it was amazing Mar 27, Magnus marked it as to-read Apr 03, Rodrigo Valente marked it as to-read Apr 26, He has written on such diverse topics as addiction, the emotions, Alexis de Tocqueville, constitutional design in the former communist countries of Eastern Europeeconomics, jazz, film, and the conceptual foundations of the social sciences.

In sum, if you want people to leave you alone, act crazy. He is, after all, an analytical Marxist. This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat sirend He is now Robert K. One can overemphasize the distinction between endogenous and exogenous self-binding. Maria Karolina added it Oct 10, Such self-binding can be done, broadly speaking, in two ways. Xavier Vanmechelen — — Philosophical Explorations 1 2: Or the emotions love and hate can lead to contradictions. Views Read Edit View history.

In the example of Alice and Bob, Alice might be motivated to carry through on her promise by wishing to avoid the emotional cost of the guilt or shame she would incur for breaking it. Edit this record Mark as duplicate Export citation Find it on Scholar Request removal from index Translate to english Revision history.

Be the first to ask a question about Ulysses and the Sirens. He is honorary professor at the University of Chongqing. He contrasts this notion of locally maximizing rationality with what can be called globally maximizing rationality. Contrary to popular misconception, the Stoics did not advocate the extirpation of the emotions, but rather their harmonization. You see, within a framework of strategic interaction, evolution selects for global maximization.

In the example given above, it would be helpful if Alice could somehow bind her later self to carry out the intentions of her earlier self. 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. Elwter trivia or quizzes yet. Marco marked it as to-read May 27, Studies in Rationality and Irrationality. This is of course a sweeping statement.

Ed Terrell marked it as to-read Sep 10, After all, by the time the occasion comes for a later self to act, the earlier self will no longer exist. Jon Elster — — In Bernard Williams ed. As time went on Elster began to sour on rational choice. Related Posts.


Ulysses and the Sirens: Studies in Rationality and Irrationality

His work is difficult to summarise in a slogan, but He criticized Marxists and other social scientists for believing in functionalism the belief that institutions exist because of their effect on society and instead tried to give Marxism a foundation in game theory the economic notion that people make choices based on the expected benefits and the choices others are likely to make. Elster wrote numerous books attempting to use rational choice theory for a wide variety of social explanations. In doing so, he elucidated many issues with simplistic notions of rational choice: endogenous preference formation certain actions today can change preferences tomorrow, so how does one decide which preferences one prefers? As time went on Elster began to sour on rational choice. A review in the London Review of Books noted "Elster has lost his bearings, or at least his faith. Do real people act on the calculations that make up many pages of mathematical appendixes in leading journals?


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