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By Jon Elster

ISBN-10: 0521642795

ISBN-13: 9780521642798

ISBN-10: 0521644879

ISBN-13: 9780521644877

Jon Elster has written a complete, wide-ranging publication at the feelings during which he considers the complete diversity of theoretical methods. Drawing on background, literature, philosophy and psychology, Elster offers a whole account of the function of the feelings 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 examine extra from the nice thinkers and writers of the earlier, from Aristotle to Jane Austen. He attaches specific value to the paintings of the French moralists, particularly l. a. Rochefoucauld, who established the way in which esteem and vanity form human motivation. The booklet 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 conventional verve and financial system, this publication has nice cross-disciplinary appeal.

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