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ISBN-13: 978-0521376068
ISBN-10: 0521376068
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"Elster's book is a success. It is lively, modest, thoughtful, and laced with the sort of vivid images that effectively make abstract ideas come alive." Economics and Philosophy

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An introductory survey of the philosophy of the social sciences stresses the relevancy of irrationality in wage bargaining, economic cartels, political strikes, election voting and certain court decisions.
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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 28, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521376068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521376068
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1997
Format: Paperback
A very cogent summary of Elster's main themes: rationality and how one departs from it, especially from the static notion common in current rational choice theory. Anyone interested in rationality and departures from rationality--a topic much-ignored in current thinking and applications of rational choice theory-- should read this book. While I don't find that I agree with every conclusion Elster makes, he does make me think hard, which is about the best I ever expect.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1999
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Jon Elster has a long history of being one of the most usefull people in the social sciences. This book, despite its dull name, is wonderful.
Anyone interested in rational choice should make this a first stop- Elster's attempt isn't worth missing.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "axelaxe" on May 24, 2002
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This book is an indispensible introduction to the social sciences. It should be used alongside with Deirdre McCloskey's Economical Writing and Wayne Booth's et al The Craft of Research. This trio of books provide the corner stones for any social science student: what it is, how to write it and how to do it.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Ghosh on February 9, 2006
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If you are absolutely anyone; an undergraduate student, a postgraduate student, a researcher, a Social Science scientist, or anyone from any field of life; who is just interested in knowing a few intricacies of the studies in rationality and subversions of rationality, collective behaviour of people, human rational and irrational behaviour and so on, but in a *SIMPLE* manner, read this one... One of the absolute best books on rationality/irrationality, available in the world of Social Sciences. Other than this, "Sour Grapes" by Elster and a couple of other books by Sen, Arrow, Coleman and others, are a MUST read for a comprehensive understanding of the subject of rational choice, individual interests, collective action and public-choice theory...

A must read... go for it.

Subhasish Ghosh

University of Oxford

9th Feb 2006
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By Julia Harris on April 7, 2015
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Great condition, just the book I need.
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