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

By Jon Elster

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

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