By Jon Elster

ISBN-10: 0521642795

ISBN-13: 9780521642798

ISBN-10: 0521644879

ISBN-13: 9780521644877

Jon Elster has written a accomplished, wide-ranging e-book at the feelings within which he considers the entire variety of theoretical ways. Drawing on historical past, 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 learn of feelings, Elster argues that the intense pupil of the feelings can study extra from the nice thinkers and writers of the previous, from Aristotle to Jane Austen. He attaches specific value to the paintings of the French moralists, significantly los angeles Rochefoucauld, who validated the way in which esteem and conceit form human motivation. The publication additionally keeps 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 climate, this e-book has nice cross-disciplinary appeal.

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