Reason and Rationality

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Dezember 2008



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.


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Jon Elster holds the Chaire de Rationalite et Sciences Sociales at the College de France. Among his recent books are "Explaining Social Behavior" and "Closing the Books: Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective".


For those with some grounding in the study of human behaviour, Elster does a remarkable job of bringing together seemingly disparate concerns... [T]his essay (as it effectively is) provides a concise overview of his dominant concerns and a useful introduction to his thought. -- Ben Saunders Political Studies Review I highly recommend the book, which explains in clear and simple terms the complexity of human behavior and the logic that underlies it. -- Aaron Ben-Ze'ev European Legacy
EAN: 9780691139005
ISBN: 0691139008
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: University Press Group Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2008
Format: gebunden
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