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This chapter evaluates Jon Elster’s Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality thirty-five years after publication. In the first section of the chapter. Sour grapes may refer to: Contents. 1 Rhetorics; 2 Music; 3 Books; 4 Other; 5 See also Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality (Cambridge, ), a book by Jon Elster describing the phenomenon of adaptive preference formation . I now move on to the second of Jon Elster’s books that I proposed to discuss Jon Elster, Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality.

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Time and the Rhythms of Emancipatory Education. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. States that are essentially by-products; 3. Cambridge University Press, It argues that the focus on adaptive elwter has opened up important questions for any political theory and policy science confronting the relationship between experts and the agents theorized.


His preferences are formed out of his feasible set of choices. I mentioned in the previous post that Elster is an analytical Marxist. Sign in to annotate. Cambridge University Press Amazon. After reading it, I was left wondering why they bothered using the descriptor “libertarian”. The latter differs from the former in the fact that where the fox pretends not to skur the grapes he cannot have, a person with an adaptive preference actually prefers precisely that which he grapss have over that which he cannot.

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These essays continue and complement the arguments of Jon Elster’s earlier book, Ulysses and the Sirens. Bloggat om Sour Grapes. The Government of Desire. The Impossibility of Rational Politics?


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If Ulysses and the Sirens demonstrated the importance of the time dimension in elsster preference, Sour Grapes demonstrates the importance of how preferences are formed.

Search within my subject: It seems only reasonable that our preferences be limited to some feasible set of options. By contrast, Elster shows that not all desires are worthy of being satisfied.