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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Van Fraassen – – Philosophical Studies 77 1: In many of the examples we have been considering, the preferences of earlier selves may be thwarted by later selves that give in to temptation. Paperbackpages. As a first step, I propose to discuss the work of a man who jin possibly the living thinker with the greatest influence on my thought.

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Edward rated it really liked it Jan 04, In the example of Alice and Bob, Alice might be motivated to keep her promise because of the existence of an institution like contract law that attaches heavy penalties to such breaches of trust. Inhe was awarded the 22nd Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for his contributions to political science.


Wrb uon it Jul 28, There seems to be an incoherence lurking here. I do not think so. We have the ability to bind ourselves to actions that are not strictly rational from ulgsses narrow locally maximizing point of view. Or the emotions love and hate can lead to contradictions. The dlster, of course, is that it is no mean feat to go mad on purpose.

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I consider discussing Elster as a natural step in the process of weaning myself from my late obsession with economics because his work has implications that sap the very foundations of economics as a rational science.

Ulysses and the Sirens. A review in the London Review of Books noted “Elster has lost his bearings, or at least his faith. The crewmen were to have their swords drawn and were to ignore any appeals Ulysses might make to be ylysses. Contrary to popular misconception, the Stoics did not advocate the extirpation of the emotions, but rather their harmonization.

I may return to it, however.

Notice that the same incentive structure applies to promises: On the other hand, we might view a person in the throes of addiction as exercising precisely such a self-tyranny: This relies heavily on the inculcation of moral norms, and on emotional responses to those norms.


Of course, we should note that this whole dynamic changes where there is the prospect of repeated interactions between Alice and Bob. This is because at time 3 Alice will no longer have an incentive to carry out her threat.

We’re only contemplating one-off interactions here. Dave Blair rated it really liked it Nov 05, Xavier Zirens – – Philosophical Explorations 1 2: The book discusses both rational behavior, but also irrational behavior, which Elster says is “widespread and frequent [but] not inevitable 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.

Jon Elster – – Philosophy and Public Affairs 15 1: He is, after all, ghe analytical Marxist. Donald Davidson – – Dialectica 39 4: Milan Zafirovski – – Sociological Theory 18 3: He is honorary professor at the University of Chongqing. Much of Elster’s writing is characterized by attempts to use analytical theories, especially rational choice theoryas a springboard for philosophical and ethical analysis, with numerous examples from literature and history.