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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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See if you have enough points for this item. Drawing on philosophy, political and social ellster, decision-theory, economics, psychology, history and literature, Jon Elsster classic book Sour Grapes continues and complements the arguments of his acclaimed earlier book, Ulysses and the Sirens.

Elster begins with an analysis of the notation of rationality, before tackling the notions of irrational behavior, desires and grapds with highly sophisticated arguments that subvert the orthodox theories of rational choice. Presented in a fresh series livery and with a specially commissioned preface written by Richard Holton, illuminating its continuing importance to philosophical enquiry, Sour Grapes has been revived for a new generation of readers.

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