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The Multiple Self : Studies in Rationality and Social Change - Jon Elster

The Multiple Self

Studies in Rationality and Social Change

By: Jon Elster (Editor)

Paperback Published: 16th November 1987
ISBN: 9780521346832
Number Of Pages: 280

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The essays in this volume consider the question of whether the self is a unity or whether it should be conceived without metaphor as divided--as a "multiple self." The issue is a central one for several disciplines. It bears directly on the account of rationality and the explanation of individual decision-making and behavior. Is the hypothesis of a multiple self required to deal with the problems of self-deception and weakness of will; and can the conceptual tools developed in the study of interpersonal conflict be applied to the analysis of intra-personal struggle? The essays, by a number of leading philosophers, psychologists, and economists, were all commissioned for this volume.

"This is a very fine and informative book. Each chapter is written in a clear and relatively accessible manner by an established and sometimes illustrious specialist in his or her own discipline. The book as a whole is well-edited and introduced by Elster." Clio

Prefacep. vii
Notes on contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Self-deception and the voter's illusionp. 35
The goals and strategies of self-deceptionp. 59
Deception and divisionp. 79
Deception and self-deception in Stendhalp. 93
Self-deception, akrasia and irrationalityp. 115
Beyond microeconomics. Conflict among interests in a multiple self as a determinant of valuep. 133
The mind as a consuming organp. 177
Goethe's Faust, Arrow's Possibility Theorem and the individual decision-takerp. 197
The Buddhist theory of 'no-self'p. 233
Index of namesp. 267
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ISBN: 9780521346832
ISBN-10: 0521346835
Series: Studies in Rationality and Social Change
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 16th November 1987
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.41 x 13.82  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.33