Alchemies of the Mind: Rationality and the Emotions by Jon Elster

By Jon Elster

Jon Elster has written a complete, wide-ranging ebook at the feelings within which he considers the entire variety of theoretical methods. Drawing on background, literature, philosophy and psychology, Elster offers a whole account of the position of the sentiments in human behaviour. whereas acknowledging the significance of neurophysiology and laboratory scan for the research of feelings, Elster argues that the intense pupil of the feelings can research extra from the nice thinkers and writers of the prior, from Aristotle to Jane Austen. He attaches specific value to the paintings of the French moralists, particularly l. a. Rochefoucauld, who proven the way in which esteem and vanity form human motivation. The publication additionally keeps a operating discussion with economists and rational-choice theorists. Combining methodological and theoretical arguments with empirical case-studies and written with Elster's well-known verve and economic system, this booklet has nice cross-disciplinary appeal.

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